Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is the staff to the 13-member Board of Higher Education, responsible for executing the Board’s policies and day-to-day operations.
The Board’s core responsibilities are in the following functional areas: Academic Policy and Program Approval, Financial Aid, Fiscal and Capital Planning, Research and Performance Measurement, Workforce Development, and overseeing the Commonwealth’s Optional Retirement Program. The Board of Higher Education is also increasingly engaged in PreK-16, College and Career Readiness initiatives, as well as general advocacy on behalf of the system.

Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. We believe that diversifying the STEM workforce is the best way to ensure our nation’s economic vitality and solve global challenges.

Boston STEM Network

The Boston STEM Network is one of eight regional networks in Massachusetts funded through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) STEM Pipeline Fund. The Network is convened by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and is led in partnership by the Boston Public Schools, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and Boston After School & Beyond. We bring together partners from K-12 education, public and independent higher education, industry, out-of-school time programs and philanthropy all working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to address the need for systemic change. In addition to administering regional projects, the Network regularly communicates information about funding opportunities, events, announcements and training sessions.

PBS Learning Media

PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can also favorite, and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia’s basic service is free for PreK-12 educators.

Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair

The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is committed to developing future thought leaders through experiences in science and engineering practices using well-proven programs and novel approaches that empower students and educators to learn in and beyond the classroom. We see a future where every student is empowered through learning in science and engineering practices.



Student Science


Full Option Science System


Informal Science

Informal Science provides access to a wide range of informal STEM learning resources. Within informalscience.org, you will find resources including informal STEM learning project descriptions, evaluation reports, and research and reference materials.
Informalscience.org users come from a wide variety of institutions involved with informal STEM Learning including science centers, museums, zoos and aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, media, universities, federal agencies, and foundations. These users include a variety of STEM-based professionals such as administrators, designers and developers, educators, evaluators, media producers, researchers, and science writers, and foundation program officers, and policy makers.

The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research. Since its inception in 1928, NARST has promoted research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by the research. The ultimate goal of NARST is to help all learners achieve science literacy. NARST promotes this goal by: 1) encouraging and supporting the application of diverse research methods and theoretical perspectives from multiple disciplines to the investigation of teaching and learning in science; 2) communicating science education research findings to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers; and 3) cooperating with other educational and scientific societies to influence educational policies.

Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.
Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.

Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers

The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education.

National Science Teachers Association

NSTA provides national and international leadership in science education by identifying the qualities and standards for good science education; these are set forth in the form of position statements, which are used to support the improvement of science education at all levels.

Science Buddies

Hands-on resources/activities for home and school.






Massachusetts Technology Education Engineering Collaborative

This collaborative and its members believe in the power and promise of Technology/Engineering Education as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) program, as well as the national priority for Technological Literacy (Standards for Technological Literacy). We support an on-going evaluation and implementation of benchmarks and standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. We believe that partnerships with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Engineering schools and organizations, and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) will enhance formal technology/engineering studies through professional development and professional opportunities. We will identify and support activities that lead to continued improvement of technology/engineering programs.


American Society for Engineering Education


Engineering is Elementary



National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.