Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray emphasized the need for engaging students in fields that will shape the 21st century economy in a speech delivered at the launch of NewtonSTEM, a parent organization dedicated to promoting the city's science, technology, engineering, and math programs.
Murray, who also serves as the chair of the state's STEM advisory council, said that Massachusetts would serve as a model for the rest of the country in the fight to get kids engaged in these critical fields.
"Massachusetts will serve as a national model for STEM education initiatives as national organizations look to further implement STEM education programming in schools across the country," Murray said. "As we move ahead on the road to economic recovery, Massachusetts continues to stand out as a leader in innovation and education."
The launch event took place at the Newton Senior Center, where a crowd spilled into the vestibule to hear Murray, who was joined by Mayor Setti Warren and Representative Ruth Balser. The event also featured a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities science and math face in Newton.
The group, comprising parents who want more challenging curriculums, will work with other STEM programs in the state to collaborate on new programs and methods. Murray said he and his council were developing best practices for the statewide initiative.
"We need role models to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields not only because these jobs will be high paying jobs, but because they will be meaningful and valuable careers in our global, 21st-century economy," Murray said. "As we move forward and implement our STEM plan, we are considering how to best promote the best practices."
Alderwomen Greer Tan Swiston and Ruthanne Fuller, along with other Newton officials, attended the launch.
"I think it's a great initiative," Swiston said.
For more information, visit newtonSTEM.org.
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