STEMcation Week

Big thank you to everyone who showed up to help Boston’s students see themselves in STEM!

STEMcation Week | April 20-22, 2021

With your support, we’re making sure that every single Boston Public School middle school student has access to excellent STEM opportunities by 2022. Led by the United Way, Boston Public Schools, and Boston After School & Beyond, BoSTEM imagines a STEM workforce that reflects the demographics of Boston Public SchoolsTogether we’re creating a more diverse and equitable STEM career pipeline in Boston through hands-on, industry-partnered learning experiences for students and teachers.

STEMcation has ended but you can still get involved with BoSTEM here!

Schedule of Events & Webinar Replays


Monday, April 19th | 12:00-1:00 PM
Attend a free STEM-themed family-oriented yoga session from our partners over at Evolve Power Yoga! Register here.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Come spend some time with a few of Boston’s top middle school STEM students as we hear about their experiences with BoSTEM programming during COVID-19 and their big dreams for the future. Feel free to bring your kids along for a family-friendly lunchtime activity! 


Meet the students:

Annalise – 7th Grade 
Fun Facts: I enjoy reading in my spare time and, out of 12 years of my life, 8 were spent having locs.  

Jose – 6th Grade 
Courageous Sailing
Fun Facts: I can play the Clarinet! I also hope to work for NASA when I grow up! 

Amy – 8th Grade 
City Sprouts alumna
Fun Facts: I am interested in many different topics, and STEM is one of them. A fun fact about me is that my birth sign is Aquarius. 

Movie + Make + Meet: Flubber

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Come watch our free family-oriented film Flubber, learn about the Scientific method through making a craft, and meet fellow STEM professionals! Join us here.

Diversity in STEM: A Corporate Community Conversation

Thursday April 22, 2021 | 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Join this year’s STEM Excellence Corporate Award winners in conversation about the future of STEM careers and their dedication to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive pipeline through initiatives like BoSTEM.


Meet the panelists:

Ildemaro Gonzalez 
Vice President and Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Ildemaro Gonzalez brings 20 years of experience designing and implementing innovative D&I strategies to his role at Dana-Farber. He works to align all aspects of the company’s operations with D&I priorities, both domestically and globally.  Previously, Mr. Gonzalez has served as Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at Parkland Health and Hospital System; Global Director of Inclusion and Philanthropy at Newell Rubbermaid; and Managing Director, Diversity Strategy at the American Cancer Society-National Home Office. 

Gabrielle Thomas
Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging Program Manager
Gabrielle Thomas is a DI&B Program Manager at HubSpot where she supports the Product and Engineering teams to create, plan, and execute on their DI&B programs, initiatives and, partnerships. Before joining HubSpot, Gabrielle worked in education through both non-profits and higher education where her passion for educational access was formed.

Moderated by:
Robert Fernandez
Director of ESG Research
Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Rob is the Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research at Breckinridge Capital Advisors. He is also a member of the firm’s Sustainability Committee. In his role, Rob leads Breckinridge’s ongoing ESG integration and engagement efforts, regularly contributes thought leadership and performs corporate credit analysis. Rob has been with the firm since 2010 and has over 23 years of research experience. Prior to Breckinridge, he was a senior research analyst at Opus Investment Management. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

STEM Excellence Awards
Congratulations to our 2021 STEM Corporate Leaders of the Year Dana Farber and HubSpot! The Corporate Leader of the Year Awards recognize companies that value and foster STEM education for youth, drive engagement within the community, and champion STEM careers.

Castle Cocktail Night

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 6:30-7:30 PM
Come learn how to make STEM-themed cocktails at this free live-streamed event with our partners at the Castle! Join us here.

Movie + Make + Meet: Attack of the Puppet People

Friday, April 23, 2021 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Crack jokes, riff and make fun of a terrible movie about a mad scientist who shrinks people in our adult-centric movie watch party with a hands-on activity to bring out your inner child! Join us here.


United Way’s annual STEM Leadership Event brings the region’s top life sciences, technology, engineering, venture capital, healthcare, and pharma industry leaders. Past sponsors include Deloitte, Eze Software, Mintz, Partners Healthcare, Vertex, and more. Congratulations to our 2020 STEM Corporate Leaders of the Year: Autodesk and GE Aviation.


Volunteer with BOSTEM

BoSTEM harnesses the talent and passion of corporate volunteers, teachers, and nonprofit staff to provide high-quality virtual STEM learning opportunities for students and teachers.


For more information regarding our STEM Leadership Reception and BoSTEM program, please contact Brooke Kane at 617-624-8044 or

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors: