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Senator Spilka to Speak at MetroWest STEM Event

March 10, 2010

Senator Spilka will offer remarks on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in MetroWest and statewide at an event being held by Foundation for MetroWest, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham on Thursday, March 11.

Increasingly, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries are forming the backbone of the Massachusetts economy. The success of these industries depends on a robust pipeline of students interested in and prepared for work in STEM fields. Yet, due to a lack of coordinated statewide effort, to seriously address the Commonwealth’s workforce needs, recent years have seen disappointing student performance in science and math, high rates of remedial coursework in science and math among college students, and small numbers of students majoring in STEM at the college level.

As the MetroWest is home to the overwhelming majority of the state’s high tech corporations, the need for a strong STEM pipeline in the region is extremely high.  The recent creation of the Governor’s STEM Coordinating Council, of which Senator Spilka is a member, is a recognition of the importance of this area and will lead to better coordination of existing programs and collaboration between business, educators and policy makers.

Keynote speaker, Secretary of Education Paul Reville, will provide updates on the Council and other current statewide initiatives designed to advance student achievement and interest in math and science.  He will be followed by a panel of MetroWest business and education leaders, who will discuss the importance of first-rate science and math education for the health of the Commonwealth’s economy.  Panelists include Maura Banta of IBM, Henry Darnell of Genzyme, Peter Lam of Boston Scientific, Steven Hiersche, Superintendent of Framingham Public Schools, and Jim Stanton of the LIFT2 program.  Rob Richardson of Intel will moderate. 

Details:

March 11, 2010
8:00 – 10:00 am

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Milas Hall
1000 Olin Way 
Needham, MA 02494

To register:

Rennie Center

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