Massachusetts is home to global leaders in industries such as life sciences, robotics, and advanced manufacturing. These companies grow and add jobs here because of our STEM-oriented ecosystem.
We need to make sure we continue to strengthen STEM education to ensure our students have the knowledge and opportunities to obtain these careers.
During the next 10 years, U.S. industries will demand one million more graduates with STEM backgrounds than the nation’s educational system will generate, according to the 2012 report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
The need for STEM graduates particularly impacts Massachusetts because more than 40 percent of all employment in the Commonwealth revolves around innovation industries such as clean energy, information technology, defense, and advanced manufacturing, according to the Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education.
Strengthening STEM education in all of the Commonwealth’s schools is a priority of the Baker-Polito Administration. In October, 2018, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito hosted the first statewide STEM Week at schools, colleges, museums, and other educational institutions across the Commonwealth.
We are working to increase awareness and interest in STEM careers among students and parents, and develop high-quality STEM pathways from high school to college that includes relevant internships and career experiences.
And we are working to deepen partnerships among employers, high schools, community colleges and state universities to promote career opportunities in STEM fields.
This year STEM Week is being held from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25 (inclusive of the weekend before and after). We are thrilled to see so many schools across the Commonwealth involved in STEM Week, and hope that students will have a chance to see themselves in a STEM field.