Boston STEM Network

Strengthening the economy requires meeting the needs of local employers and residents. Given that eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills – and STEM related jobs are better compensated and more stable than other sectors – building a pipeline of students to enter the field is critical.

In the summer of 2011, Massachusetts Education Secretary Reville and Higher Education Commissioner Freeland asked the Boston Private Industry Council to organize the Commonwealth’s Boston STEM Network.  Co-chaired by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Boston Public Schools and the PIC, the Network is comprised of representatives from the public education system, STEM businesses, after school programs, labor organizations, philanthropic partners and others from the community. 

The Network analyzes what effective instruction and excellent partnership must look like in order to increase student interest and achievement in STEM subjects.  The group also builds the STEM network in Boston, inventories partnerships and programs, submits a plan that develops local initiatives, and promotes a “WOW campaign,” as tasked by the Commonwealth.


Read more about the goals and measures of the Boston STEM Network.

Visit the STEM Network Blog to stay up to date on upcoming meetings, events and projects!

If you are interested in learning more about the Boston STEM Network, please contact Alysia Ordway at 617-488-1355 or


The Boston STEM Network is one of seven regional collaboratives which advise the Governor’s STEM Council. On October 14, 2009 Governor Deval Patrick signed an Executive Order creating the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and appointed Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray the Chairman. The Lt. Governor’s goal is to ensure that all students are educated in STEM fields, which will enable them to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas, as well as raise awareness of the benefits associated with an increased statewide focus on STEM. Read more about the Governor’s STEM Council.

The WOW Campaign is a public awareness campaign about the exciting career opportunities that exist here in Massachusetts for students who pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college majors and skills certificates. The campaign is aimed at students, parents and teachers. The WOW campaign video  and accompanying poster highlight 15 Massachusetts’ STEM professionals who have really interesting STEM careers.