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Gateway to the Future: Registration for 11th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit opens

Registration opened today for the 11th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit, taking place on Thursday, October 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester. The longest running STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summit in the nation, it’s hosted by the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the UMass Donahue Institute and sponsored by prominent businesses, colleges, non-profit organizations, foundations, and state agencies.

The STEM mission is tied to the economic development goals of the Commonwealth, preparing residents to fill the highly skilled jobs needed to propel an innovative economy and closing the achievement gap that exists between the state’s richest and poorest students. Under the theme “Gateway to the Future,” this year’s event will bring together leaders in business, government and education to discuss policies and programs that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education from early childhood through adulthood and into the workforce, with an eye on the strategies and progress occurring in the state’s Gateway cities, midsized urban centers that continue to face challenges as the economy transitions toward skills-based knowledge sector jobs.

Two of the nation’s outstanding educators will address the audience during a lunchtime plenary. Doug Scott, an award-winning science teacher from Natick High School will be presented with the 2014 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year award, and Sheila Harrity, winner of the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year will speak about her groundbreaking work at Worcester Technical High School.

The Summit will once again feature an exhibition area showcasing the ways educators and innovators are incorporating advanced concepts in math and science into projects, lessons, and unique afterschool programs. For the first time, the event will conclude with a closing plenary, inviting attendees to take in a fun presentation by the Worcester Ecotarium, while unwinding and networking over snacks and beverages.

A full schedule of the day’s breakout sessions, speakers, and other activities is available on the Massachusetts STEM Summit website.

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