As public schools delve deeper into science, technology, engineering and math skill sets during this year’s STEM week, Gov. Charlie Baker said the pandemic has underscored the importance of the skills.
“The fact that you currently have three companies — one of which was started here and two of which have big footprints here — that are currently in phase three clinical trials associated with COVID-19 just speaks to some extent to the power and the importance of having a community here in Massachusetts that is so dedicated to the STEM issues and has been for a really long time,” Baker said Monday, referring to Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson which are all conducting trials for coronavirus vaccines.
Joined by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Education Secretary James Peyser and STEM leaders from industry and academia, Baker kicked off the third annual statewide STEM week during a Monday press conference saying the skills are especially important amid the pandemic “in 2020 and beyond.”
He highlighted the importance of developing the skill sets for students as they enter employment.
“You can’t find a sector of the economy anymore that doesn’t need and benefit from the tools and the toolbox that come with STEM,” Baker said.
The week features hundreds of educational events in collaboration with nonprofits, colleges, museums and businesses across the state that impact tens of thousands of students
The annual focus on science, technology, engineering and math was launched in an effort to boost the interest, awareness and ability for students from all sectors of the community to engage in STEM education and employment opportunities.