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Learn more about what’s happening in our STEM Learning Ecosystems across the country.

5 Things We Want to Know
October 12, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

Kathleen Schofield is Program Director at the STEM2 Hub in Northeast Florida and was recently selected to participate in the national LEAD STEM program. What drew you to work in the STEM education field? I was drawn to the STEM field (science, technology, engineering, math) because STEM touches just about every aspect of the world we live in. I saw that […]

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STEM Learning Ecosystems Leaders Rock!
September 12, 2017 · Uncategorized

Congratulations to Higher Education Visionaries for Recognition as Academic Leaders   Carnegie Corporation of New York today named seven exceptional American college and university presidents as recipients of its Academic Leadership Award. The honor consists of $500,000 in support for each winner’s academic initiatives. The award recognizes educators who, in addition to fulfilling their administrative and managerial roles with dedication […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: Mayes County STEM Alliance
September 8, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

Regional Employer Needs Drive Ecosystem Development The Mayes County STEM Alliance is a collaborative initiative designed to ensure that youth in a rural northeast Oklahoma community have resources to discover and develop talents in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), then align those skills with local career opportunities. The Alliance is comprised of five public school districts, area employers, business […]

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5 Things We Want to Know
September 8, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

Scott Fry is Coordinator of the Mayes County STEM Alliance and Director of Workforce Development for the MidAmerica Industrial Park, located in Oklahoma. What drew you to work in the STEM education field? I used to work in the glass manufacturing industry as an electronics specialist. I transitioned into education, working at Oklahoma State University – Institute of Technology (OSUIT), […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: Central OK STEM Alliance (COSTEMA)
August 7, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

Leadership Academy in Oklahoma Helps Teachers Improve STEM Education and Career Readiness STEM is important in Oklahoma because as it stands now, 1,000 new STEM jobs will remain unfilled each year because too few adults across the state are qualified for the highly specialized science, technology, engineering, and math positions. Students who obtain a STEM education have the ability to […]

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5 Things We Want to Know
August 7, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

An Interview with Adrianne Covington Graham, Executive Director/CEO of the OK Engineering Foundation and Central OK STEM Alliance                                                   What drew you to work in STEM education? I understand the importance of a solid math foundation […]

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5 Things We Want to Know
July 6, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

An Interview with Emily Dilger, PhD, Coordinator, Bay Area STEM Ecosystem This month’s Connections Newsletter features Dr. Emily Dilger, Bay Area STEM Ecosystem Coordinator, a master at leveraging those relationships for knowledge and program development. What’s your background? I grew up on Long Island and went to Mary Washington College, a small state school in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where I majored […]

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Putting the Learner in the Center: Engaging Youth in Ecosystem Design
July 6, 2017 · From the Field

A summary from three members of the STEM Ecosystem National Community of Practice How can we truly understand learners’ perspectives to fully engage youth in the design of our movements and programs? The STEM Ecosystem approach puts the learner at the center, but explicit effort is needed to actually incorporate youth ideas and views. Why spend this extra time and […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: STEM Guides Facilitate STEM Learning in Downeast Maine STEM Ecosystem
July 6, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

“STEM Guides” are individuals who connect 10- to 18-year-old youth from rural Maine to out-of-school STEM learning opportunities that already exist in their communities, including after-school programs, clubs, camps, library activities, special events, contests, and competitions. All STEM Ecosystems involve active collaboration among schools, out-of-school programs, libraries, businesses, universities, and related organizations. But in rural areas, access to these diverse STEM […]

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5 Things We Want to Know
May 24, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

An Interview with Dr. Joseph Gardella, ISEP This month’s Connections Newsletter features an overview of the great work of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), which focuses on the critical middle school experiences of students in science and engineering as they transition to high school. ISEP was founded by Dr. Joseph Gardella. Learn more about him and this work: […]

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