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Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

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The Office of STEM is part of DESE's Center for Instructional Support. Responsibilities include:

  • Articulating high quality learning standards for mathematics, science and technology/engineering (STE), and digital literacy and computer science (DLCS);
  • Identifying, developing, and disseminating a rich set of implementation resources;
  • Facilitating networking opportunities for educators to ensure that best practices are shared across districts; and;
  • Actively communicating with stakeholders about new developments in the STEM fields.

The Office of STEM supports three specific disciplines:

MathematicsScience and Technology/EngineeringDigital Literacy and Computer Science
Download PDF Document 2017 Math Curriculum Framework Download PDF Document 2016 STE Curriculum Framework Download Word Document 2016 DLCS Curriculum Framework
Math Implementation Resources STE Implementation Resources DLCS Implementation Resources

  • Programs for Accelerating Mathematics Instruction for Students 2021-2022

  • STEM Grant Opportunities

    Digital Literacy Now Grant (new districts)

    Digital Literacy Now Grant (continuing districts)

    — posted 1/21/2021

    School districts are the unit of change toward creating rigorous, inclusive and sustainable K-12 Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) education. The Digital Literacy Now Grant (DL Now) supports districts looking to add or expand their DLCS offerings. Through this grant, District Teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators will engage in an in-depth, facilitated process to develop a K-12 DLCS implementation plan for their District and start implementation in middle grades (6–8). Districts will select middle grades curriculum for SY2021 and complete DLCS educators and coach Professional Development. Proposals are due 2/19/2021. FC 152 Questions and Answers Download PDF Document (Updated 2/11/2021)

    High School Science Teachers:
    Modeling and Simulation Units

    — posted 1/21/2021

    Science Teachers: Introduce your students to computer modeling and simulation — and its relevance in science! Teach them valuable skills in problem-solving by using and modifying computer models. Engage them with activities that build and reinforce their science learning at each step. Science+C enhances three core science courses: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, with units that are customizable for remote, hybrid, and in-person settings. Participating science teachers will receive free Science+C courses, year-long professional development, and a stipend. Neither students nor teachers need previous computer science experience. Learn more at and apply for the 2021-2022 school year.

    OpenSciEd Middle School Curriculum Adoption Grant

    In partnership with the One8 Foundation, DESE is launching a new middle school OpenSciEd grant. Public schools with students in grades 6, 7, and/or 8 can apply for grants to help support implementation of the program, access in-state training, and receive additional support and complimentary programming. The application is now open and is due February 12th. To learn more and access the online application, visit the MassSTEMHub information page.

    DLCS Student Learning Devices

    Digital Literacy and Computer Science Teachers: DESE has opened a grant for schools to purchase student learning devices used in DLCS classes to teach programming. This funding can be used to purchase DLCS devices such as tablets, circuit boards, and robots. Maximum purchase is $2,000 per teacher. For more information on the grant, visit the DLCS Student Learning Devices grant webpage. Proposals are due February 19, 2021. FC 134 Questions and Answers Download PDF Document (Updated 2/18/2021)

    National Science Foundation Grant Opportunities: Find Funding

    National Science Foundation: Awards Search

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science, engineering, technology, and computer science. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

    At any point in time Massachusetts has about 2,900 NSF awards.

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Last Updated: February 6, 2021

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