The Northeast STEM Network is one of nine Regional Networks supported by funding from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The network is dictated by the goals of the Massachusetts STEM plan:

  • 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 at UMass Lowell has been lead partner since 2003.

The Network Co-Directors are Dr. Judith Boccia, UMass Lowell and Maryellen Rancourt, Essex Technical High School. The project manager is Marjorie Dennis, UMass Lowell. join us! 

NeSTEMnet News:

  Lights, camera ... teamwork! Four juniors in Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program say the key to successful film production comes down to just that.

  Something that was in outer space now calls Billerica Memorial High School home. Aballoon, along with a GPS tracking device and a GoPro camera, briefly toured outer space on June 5, risingalmost 90,000 feet before the balloon popped. Billerica Memorial High School seniors in Engineering Design, who had graduated a few days earlier, were thrilled to meet their altitude goal.

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For more than six decades, MSSEF programs have advanced science literacy and inspired new generations of science and engineering leaders. Nearly 29,000 students have participated in Massachusetts statewide fairs, and many thousands more have been part of the state fair pipeline: regional and school-based fairs across the Commonwealth.

  The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Museum of Science Boston, and WGBH seek applicants to represent Massachusetts on a new Science Ambassadors team.

  Students from Oak Meadow School in Littleton recently competed in the Massachusetts Regional Science and Engineering Fair at UMass Lowell. Ten students qualified to represent Oak Meadow School at the fair, in which more than 250 students from area middle schools participated. Of the 40 students that then qualified to move on to the state-level competition, four were Oak Meadows students.


The annual Massachusetts STEM Summit promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development from early childhood through adulthood. Now in its second decade, the Summit convenes the state’s educators, business leaders, policymakers, parents, students and others to share strategies, initiatives, collaborations and ideas. This year’s theme is “Promising Practices, Proven Results”. Whereas previous Summits focused on defining STEM (the “what”) and making the case for its critical importance (the “why”), today we find that many professionals from all aspects of the STEM pipeline attend the Summit primarily to learn about successful approaches, models, tools, curricula and other products (the “how”). Thus, we present the 2015 Summit as a venue for peers to interact and share innovations and ideas.     
Call for Sessions and Exhibits
Deadline May 1, 2015

  This fun, innovative summer camp will enhance students’ knowledge about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects, STEM careers and educational paths needed to attain their goals. Each camp day includes a trip to a Boston area STEM organization and a related hands-on science activity. Students will also explore college life and academics.
Learn more and register at

  Explore coastal habitats along the North Shore and investigate the ecology of these environments. Come learn how scientists and land managers work together to protect and improve the health of of these local ecosystems! Coastal habitats are continually threatened by increased storm events, sea level rise, invasive species, coastal runoff and tidal restrictions. Learn how to determine and evaluate the health of an ecosystem, explore engineering solutions that could minimize the impacts of climate change to local habitats and investigate how plants and organisms are adapting to life in a continually changing climate.

  The NCSEE began as a way to strengthen the hard science training among students of the school’s college of education. Later, St. Kate’s added support staff for an on-site STEM professional development program, which offers everything from daylong workshops to intensive week-long courses with periodic follow-ups for K-12 schools and districts across the country.

    Celebrate our Infrastructure as the Choate Bridge in Ipswich, Massachusetts becomes an ASCE Civil Engineering Landmark in Honor of Its 250th Year of Service! Newsletter

  Grants for schools. Exposure for manufacturers. Glory for students. The AMP it up! Challenge makes everybody a winner. This statewide initiative will encourage kids to learn more about the world’s most innovative products and to explore an industry that offers highly-skilled, well-paying jobs. Are you up for the Challenge?

  It’s doubtful a group of middle-schoolers has ever been this excited about a 15-hour bus trip to Kentucky. Yet, for members of the Locke Middle School’s Locke Monsters Robotics Team, the trip to the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville is their reward for a year’s worth of clawing their way into contention.

  January 14, 2015 – The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs today announced it is now accepting nominations for its annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education until March 27, 2015.

  Research Experiences for Teachers in Integrated Nanomanufacturing.
July 6 - August 14, 2015

  A UMass Lowell science education professor will be honored at the White House on Monday for his work on climate change education.

  Last fall, more than 100 Middlesex Community College students participated in a number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, as well as Service-Learning projects, with students at the Bartlett Community Partnership School in Lowell.

  Museum Institute for Teaching Science Professional Development Series Higgins University Center, Clark University Worcester, MA January 22, February 26, March 19 & April 7    

  To celebrate the convening of the Massachusetts STEM Summit, the Biogen Idec Foundation will award $80,000 in grants to support science education programs and projects run by elementary, middle and high schools represented at the 2014 Massachusetts STEM Summit.   DEADLINE Friday, January 16, 2015


Hall STEM Teacher of the Year application

The application period for the 2014-2015 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year is now open. Nominate a deserving teacher who could win $5,000 for that teacher’s school to be used for STEM education. Full Story - Application


Project GUTS, CS4HS Online Learning Opportunity for MS Teachers:  A forty hour experience, requiring approximately 5 hours per week is invaluable, and at no expense to teachers. 
Register Here for Online Guts: Learn more about the Project GUTS curriculum.

  As breaking news slows down for the holiday season, we see many news outlets putting out strong opinions about the current, and future STEM agenda. Sources are quick to point out the flaws in the system, and provide resources and answers for how to avoid pitfalls in promoting STEM education.

  At a retreat earlier this year, 50 underrepresented minority students had wide latitude to talk about what would enhance their STEM training. They identified eight major themes summarized in a new paper.

  This website, administered by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) under the guidance of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, is devoted to directing users to information about STEM educational and workforce programs, policies, and resources, all in an effort to strengthen the pipeline of STEM-skilled residents.

  As education, government and business leaders gathered for the Massachusetts STEM Summit in Worcester, MA, recently to address the shortage of college graduates in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) and the critical role they play in the technology-driven 21st century economy, the Lowell Institute is investing $4 million to expand the mission of the undergraduate curriculum at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies to address the challenge.

  The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. Designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Challenge shows students exciting new possibilities for their futures, opening doors they may never have known were there.

  Billerica Memorial High School held a grand opening for two new project-based learning spaces that are now a reality for students: a new biotechnology lab, and a new engineering/ robotics lab.

  With $10,000 in funding from the Learning By Giving Foundation, the UMass Lowell Honors College Philanthropy Class functions as a foundation board and seeks grant proposals from Lowell nonprofit organizations meeting the criteria outlined.

  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) and Raytheon are teaming up on Sunday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., for MathMovesU at Middlesex Community College. The event seeks to arm future female innovators with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences and the world-changing opportunities that these fields can bring

  On Thursday, October 2, Dewey Square Park near South Station will host a free public event called Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders in Boston. From 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, find a flock of colorful ostrich statues, talk with scientists, share your stories of climate action, and take pictures with Ozzie!

  Throughout the year MITS offers SeaPerch Educator Workshops in different regions of Massachusetts. In these 2 day workshops, classroom teachers and informal educators build their own SeaPerch and explore how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field. As part of the workshop, educators receive their own kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide. For many of the workshops teachers are encouraged to bring along 2 students who can then become SeaPerch team leaders for their school.

  Massachusetts – STEM Beginnings is a start-up company in Shrewsbury that promotes fun and exciting programs focused on building and sustaining interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It caters to young children (ages 3-8 years old) as STEM-related concepts are introduced through effective instruction and enjoyable activities during a child’s early years. The goal is to stimulate young minds and inspire them to create and cultivate curiosity toward these disciplines.

  Students entering grades 6-9 in the Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, MA area recently had an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts thanks to a STEM Summer Institute offered by MIT's Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.

  A new after-school mentoring program for Lawrence High School 9th graders is designed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math, and interested in pursuing careers in these in-demand fields.


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.

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