STEM Week 2021

From October 18-22, the Boston STEM Network and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) are co-hosting a series of events celebrating Massachusetts STEM Week.

Massachusetts STEM Week is an effort to boost the interest, awareness, and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities, and compliment the formal instruction happening in the Commonwealth beyond STEM Week. Women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same. We need more young people to see themselves in STEM. The theme for the fourth annual STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM” and is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s 9 Regional STEM Networks.

For a full list of events, please visit the official MASS Stem Week website.

A Look Back at STEM Week 2020

PIC Student STEM Week Panel

In partnership with State Street Corporation, the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) hosted a student panel showcase during Massachusetts STEM Week. The event highlighted Boston Public Schools students’ voices from their work and learning experiences across Boston’s key sectors. Students discussed their summer internship and learning experiences, with a specific focus on working virtually during the pandemic.

The panel was moderated by Naeemah Elias, Managing Director, Talent Marketplace at State Street.

Personalize Online Learning with LabXchange

Harvard University’s LabXchange is a free online platform for science education that allows educators to remix and share content to support differentiated, personalized learning.

“Inspire STEM Together” Boston Kick Off event

At Boston Public Schools and United Way’s kickoff to Massachusetts STEM week 2020, Dr. Fox Harrell provided the keynote address focused on equity in STEM, followed by a panel of students discussing innovative ways that STEM education is continuing during the pandemic. Together, we can expand access to STEM career pathways for Boston youth, and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.

See Yourself How You Want To Be Seen

What does a video game designer do? What sorts of stories do they tell? Whose stories may be left out? Through a collaboration with the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), Autodesk, and BoSTEM, this “virtual field trip” for upper elementary-middle school students will lead participants through the process of developing a character, modeling the character in 3D, and then importing the character into a real video game environment. They will play the role of a “game changer” throughout as they express themselves through STEM!