Massachusetts has a rich tradition of invention and ingenuity in the areas of scientific discovery and technological innovation. However, our world leadership position is being challenged as a result of rapidly developing global competition. To asert and maintain leadership in knowledge-based and innovation-driven industries, Massachusetts must develop a highly educated and skilled workforce, internationally benchmarked, that is deeply grounded in the subject knowledge and application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
To establish and maintain a divers, robust and dynamic pipeline of future STEM professionals who are globally competitive, it is necessary to:
- nurture students’ innate curiosity at a young age and spark student interest and excitement in STEM subjects through authentic experiential learning beginning in early childhood and sustained throughout PreK-16 education and beyond;
- further improve Massachusetts’ already nationally recognized system of standards, curriculum and assessments to ensure excellence, rigor and coherence in the framework for STEM education;
- effectively prepare teachers to support ALL students as they develop a baseline fluency in STEM subjects as 21st century citizens and engage significantly more students in pursuit of STEM-based higher education and careers.