MA announces $780,000 in funding to promote STEM!

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On October 19, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced $780,000 in funding to promote and advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, jobs, and workforce development as he welcomed over 1,000 educators, business leaders, and government officials to the 9th Annual STEM Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Lieutenant Governor Murray announced $130,000 through the state’s STEM Pipeline Fund to build on past programs and develop new messaging and communication to reach more students, parents, educators, and businesses on the value and importance of STEM education, jobs, and workforce development.

To advance STEM initiatives across the state, Lieutenant Governor Murray also announced $650,000 in additional state funding to expand a program known as the @Scale Initiative. The @Scale Initiative endorses statewide STEM projects and expands them across the state to reach more students and teachers. Phase I of @Scale projects were approved by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in 2011 with the support of the business community to “scale-up” projects by requiring a match of public funds with private funds. Phase I of @Scale included each project investing in efforts to achieve quantitative gains in student interest and readiness as outlined in the state’s first ever STEM Plan in 2010. With both state and private sector funding, Phase I @Scale projects will reach at least 150 teachers and 8,270 students across the state. Now, with the new announced funding of $650,000, Phases II, II, and IV will soon move forward in collaboration with the business community.
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