The Northeast STEM Network is one of Seven Regional Networks developed with funding from the Economic Stimulus package of 2003 and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The mission of the Networks is dictated by following three goals:

  • to increase the number of Massachusetts students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM);
  • to increase the number of qualified STEM teachers; and
  • to improve the STEM educational offerings available in public and private schools and to increase the awareness and interest in STEM careers.

The Northeast STEM Network is a collaboration of institutions of higher education, P-12 schools and school districts, workforce development groups, community based organizations and employers in the northeast region of the state.  The Graduate School of Education, Office of School Partnerships of the University of Massachusetts Lowell is the lead partner.

The Network Co-Directors are Dr. Judith Boccia, UMass Lowell, Office of School Partnerships and Maryellen Rancourt, North Shore Vocational Technical High School. The project manager is Marjorie Dennis, UMass Lowell, Office of School Partnerships. join us! 

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The STEM Activity App provides engaging, family-friendly activities in science, technology, engineering and math. This free web app fosters positive STEM-related interactions between elementary-age students and their families. The activities are designed to increase a child's excitement about STEM now, and to develop their interest in a STEM career in the future.

  AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The UTeach Institute, a notable teacher-preparation organization at the University of Texas at Austin, has teamed up with Verizon to launch a program that is helping tomorrow's educators effectively use mobile technology to improve student learning and interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).

  Educators, politicians and employers came together at Universal Technical Institute to discuss the skills gap and how schools can create new STEM initiatives at the second annual New England Skills Gap Expo. Read more:

  How One College Boosted Female STEM Graduates–Fast. The story of how Harvey Mudd College quadrupled its women computer-science graduates in just six years shows how quickly a concerted effort by one organization can shift...

  When it comes to education in Massachusetts in 2013, STEM is the word. Standing, as most everyone knows by now, for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, STEM programs emphasize those areas considered the key to competitiveness in an increasingly high-technology world. So which Massachusetts high schools get the nod for having the best STEM programs?    

  Become a Green Schools Member! Over 50 people have received the Green Scholars training and many schools are working to institute it! You’ll get the following:
• 15 PDP’s for following a simple dynamic process
• full implementation guide with valid and reliable rubrics
• learn about potential projects and implantation made easy
• receive a tour of a Green Ribbon Award winning school by ACE Teacher of the Year
• and more!!!    

  A team of Boston College faculty and community-based organizations has been awarded a $1.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation to foster social entrepreneurship in urban high school students by using innovative technologies to grow produce to sell at neighborhood farmers' markets.

  The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts has announced a generous donation of $10,000 from National Grid to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming. The money is earmarked to support a day-long interactive STEM conference for girls.

  PTC today announced that its president and CEO Jim Heppelmann has been named a leader among corporate executives advocating for an increased focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the U.S. education system and elsewhere. The honor comes from STEMconnector, who profiled 100 U.S. CEOs who have been actively advancing STEM education throughout their careers, industries, and companies. The publication was presented at the US News STEM Solutions Summit in Austin, TX.

  Governor Deval Patrick today joined Education Secretary Matthew Malone, Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley and 100 students to announce the Commonwealth’s new High-Demand scholarships, awarded to students pursuing careers for which the state has an urgent need for skilled talent. The Commonwealth’s knowledge-based economy relies on a high-knowledge, well-skilled workforce for continued growth, and these scholarships will help ensure that Massachusetts has the talent needed to remain competitive in the 21st century.

  U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy is stepping in to fill one of outgoing Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray’s keys jobs on Beacon Hill.

  Cool Science brings together science and art education to engage students with climate change science through art. We received nearly 600 entries from across the state during our inaugural year. It places the best student artwork about climate change on public display throughout local mass transit systems in MA. Visit our website to learn more about getting your students involved next year.

Cool Science

  What are the leading STEM universities in the U.S.? As part of the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, we are publishing an exclusive new list of the National Universities from our 2013 Best Colleges rankings that grant the largest proportion of bachelor's degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

  When they arrived at the Greenlight for Girls SouthCoast conference, the girls were reticent. Their reasons for spending their Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth ranged from "It sounds like fun" to "I might learn new things."

  Billerica Memorial High School engineering and marketing students have benefitted from the school’s collaboration with Billerica-based Orbotech during this school year, and class members along with the Orbotech team got together to celebrate their success. Science and engineering teachers welcomed both groups to a BHMS assembly on May 17.

    The 2012 Summit will be the ninth, and thus far the largest, Massachusetts STEM Summit, with more than 750 attendees expected. Plenary presentations and break-out sessions will address numerous issues related to STEM education and workforce development. Leaders from the state's education, business, non-profit and government sectors will come together to share information and ideas on topics including early to higher education, formal and informal education, workforce and economic development, as well as policy issues faced by the Commonwealth.

  Please share this opportunity with your high school aged students.  We are now accepting applications for our engineering focused high school summer programs, CURIE Academy and CATALYST Academy, both are July 14-20, 2013.  We have tuition and travel assistance available for CATALYST Academy and for CURIE Academy.

    This year's Central MA STEM Network's STEM EXPO will be held in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Middle School Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Worcester Technical High School. We have sponsored the EXPO for the last 5 years. The audience includes over 300 students all interested in science and engineering, their parents and siblings, as well as STEM professionals who are judges and science teachers from across the Commonwealth. It is a great opportunity to interact and get your message out to this demographic group. The goal of the EXPO is to showcase all the amazing things you can do in STEM. We will provide a table(s) and electricity if needed. We have set aside 2 hours for the EXPO from 11:30am to 1:30pm. If you are interested in participating, please let RSVP to Sandy Mayrand

  I am looking for judges for the Region IV Middle School Science and Engineering Fair, co-sponsored by the NE STEM Network, taking place on Saturday May 4, 2013 at Lowell High School. Students from all across the region will be exhibiting their projects. We expect to host over 200 projects this year. Each project must be judged three times, thus the need to engage many judges for this event. If you have any sort of STEM background or just want to help during the fair, please let me know and I will provide the details. Thanks, in advance, for considering my request.

  The UMass Donahue Institute, the project evaluators for all of the STEM Networks, will be conducting a short survey of members of each network. You should receive this survey towards the end of April or beginning of May. Please fill out this survey so that we can have excellent participation from the NE network. I thank you in advance for your assistance and participation.

  The spring Northeast STEM Network Advisory Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 1, 2013 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill Campus Student Center Room SC 213 Noon to 2:15 PM There is plenty of parking on campus and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to by April 29.

  The ocean plays an important role in all our lives, yet it faces many challenges. Are you a school or educator that aspires to live blue™ and take an active role in protecting our world's oceans and environment? If so, nominate yourself or your school for a New England Aquarium Stewardship Award! We are looking to recognize both schools and educators that are taking concrete steps to help protect our blue planet. Winners will be featured on our website and in our education newsletter. Winners also will receive a prize that includes a free Aquarium program at your school next fall (some restrictions apply).

  Educator Open House of the Christa McAuliffe Center
Advance Registration Required 
Wednesday, April 3 4-7pm


Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:00 to 5:00 PM UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS (Due 2/1/13) (forms)

We have two exciting confirmed speakers but we are still seeking showcase presenters who can exhibit their programs that make the link to STEM careers. The main audience for the forum is middle and high school guidance counselors and K-12 administrators, especially those in STEM areas such as department chairs, etc.

Please let me know if you have a program that you would like to showcase at this event.

I hope you will put both of these events on your calendar and attend. Please invite your coworkers to attend this forum on May 28 with you. More information will be sent out at the beginning of May.

  Underrepresented students from Massachusetts middle schools will come to Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) campus this summer to experience hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

  "Students will gain more hands-on experience in the classroom, further engaging them in STEM field that will get the excited about future careers in innovative industries," Murray said.

  Minuteman High School in Lexington is one of 31 recipients of state funds for life sciences training equipment and supplies through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)


Another successful Computing Connections workshop was delivered last month—this time at the Raytheon Learning Center in Tewksbury. Sixty-Five students from the Emily G. Wetherbee Middle School in Lawrence were treated to presentations and workshops from Edwin Guarin of Microsoft, Lisa Freed of iRobot, Robert Curbeam of Raytheon and Dr. Peter Wong of the Museum of Science.

  Schumer's proposal comes as a handful of sectors struggle to fill more than 3 million open positions. Despite the more than 20 million people who are unemployed in America, companies can't find workers to fill positions in areas like STEM and manufacturing due to a lack of skilled workers.

  Acton-Boxborough (AB) Parent Involvement Project (PIP) is a volunteer organization of parents, students, educators and community partners promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational activities for students in grades K-12 and their families. 

  The Quaboag Regional School District this year embraced an innovative curriculum and $1 million technology upgrade from STEM to stern. 

  On the first Friday of each month, the media, lawmakers and political campaigns cautiously wait to see if more Americans have gone back to work. While the monthly Department of Labor focuses on the number of unemployed Americans and new jobs created, there is an element missing. That is the number of employers who cannot find qualified workers.


Cool Science invites students of all ages to create and submit a visual work of art about climate change. The best 6 entries will be placed throughout Lowell's mass transit system in 2013 and be seen by thousands of people every day! Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in gift certificates.

Registration opens September 1. Submission deadline is November 15, 2012

  Hunched around lab tables in groups of three, middle school seventh-graders earlier this week glued elastic bands and folded parachutes, getting ready to launch both model rockets and the district's new emphasis on science.

  2012 Broadcom MASTERS® national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Broadcom Foundation and SSP also announced top winners in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Rising Stars

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