The Council serves as a vehicle for STEM advocates from the public and private sectors, as well as legislators and educators, to engage in meaningful collaboration with the Governor's Office, the Executive Office of Education and their agencies, DHE, DESE, and EEC, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
The 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. The Council took a multi-faceted approach in the beginning months starting at the first meeting on January 28, 2010 that 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" file size 1MB was released on September 28, 2010 at the 7th Annual STEM Summit.
Working with educators, legislators, and business and community leaders, the Council seeks to promote a greater understanding about the importance of these essential disciplines to students' academic achievement and successful preparation for entry into the 21st Century workforce.