Boston STEM Network

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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.

The Boston STEM Network is one of eight regional networks in Massachusetts funded through the STEM Pipeline Fund of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE). The Boston STEM Network is convened by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and is co-chaired by the Boston Public Schools, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and Boston After School and Beyond. The Boston STEM Network brings together K-12, public and independent higher education, businesses, and regional and community organizations around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to address the need for systemic change. In addition to administering regional projects, the Network regularly communicates information about funding opportunities, events, announcement and training sessions.

The premier goal of the Boston STEM Network is, through cross-sector communication and collaboration, to advance the goals laid out in the Massachusetts State STEM Plan 2.0.

The goals of the MA State STEM Plan 2.0 are to:

  •  Increase student interest in STEM areas.
  •  Increase student achievement among all PreK–12 students in order to prepare graduates to be civically and college and/or career ready.
  •   Increase the percentage of skilled educators who teach PreK–16 STEM.
  •   Increase the percent of students completing postsecondary degrees or certificates in STEM subjects.
  •   STEM degrees and certificate attainment will be aligned with corresponding opportunity in STEM-related fields to match the state’s workforce needs for a STEM talent pipeline.
  • The Boston STEM Network convenes three subcommittees (Measurement, Out-of-School Time and Career Awareness) to address the goals above and to further the work in our region.

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

Vist the Boston STEM Network 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 Hilary Brayton at 617-488-1335 or



The Governor's STEM Advisory Council serves as the central coordinating entity to bring together all of the participants and parties from state agencies, the legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved with STEM planning and programming. In January 2010, the Council began work on drafting a statewide STEM Plan with clearly defined goals and objectives for the next five years, assessing how best to bring to scale the most effective STEM programs in Massachusetts, facilitating the development of activities to fill unmet needs, and providing recommendations for a campaign to build public support across the Commonwealth for the STEM disciplines. The Council's first plan, "A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts' Plan for Excellence in STEM Education - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics" (1 MB PDF), was released on September 28, 2010 at the 7th Annual STEM Summit.
On November 13, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick announced the STEM Plan 2.0, entitled “A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education: Expanding the Pipeline for All” (.PDF: 3MB) at the tenth annual Massachusetts STEM Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

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.