STEM Ecosystems Blog

STEM Learning Ecosystems Blog

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

5 Things We Want to Know – Sherita Haigler
February 20, 2018 · 5 Things We want to Know

Sherita Haigler is the Director of the St. Louis Regional STEM Learning Ecosystem. Official job title: Catalyst! Learn more about the work of STEMSTL here. What drew you to work in the STEM education field? At this stage in my life and career, I wanted to do something meaningful that would have an impact in my community. What a better […]

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Mentoring Programs from Across the Ecosystems
January 22, 2018 · Uncategorized

Mentoring: a relationship in which an experienced person assists another in developing specific skills and knowledge to enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. January is National Mentoring Month. STEM Ecosystems build bridges between schools and their communities and put strong mentoring programs in place. This helps students with their education and gives them an understanding of what careers […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Jan Morrison
January 22, 2018 · 5 Things We want to Know

Jan Morrison, Co-Designer and Director of STEM Learning Ecosystems and Founder and President of Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) What’s your background? I was born into STEM—both parents were hot shot STEMists. My favorite teacher was Ms. Amodae, a fireball biology teacher. I taught STEM subjects for 35 years in various locations throughout the country. I founded the […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: A Report on the Entire Community of Practice
January 22, 2018 · Ecosystem Spotlight

As the calendar turns over and a new year begins, like many of you, we’re envisioning new plans and successes. It’s also a good time to look back and evaluate where we’ve been. This month, instead of spotlighting a single Ecosystem, we’d like to share the broad perspective of the entire STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative. The driving principle behind the […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Gerald Solomon
January 22, 2018 · 5 Things We want to Know

Gerald Solomon is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative and serves as the Executive Director for the Samueli Foundation. What’s your background? My first professional career: I was a lawyer for almost 20 years in San Diego, CA. The driver for me to become a lawyer was participating in protests in the late 60s and early 70s […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Ron Ottinger
January 22, 2018 · 5 Things We want to Know

Ron Ottinger is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative. He is also the Executive Director of STEM Next.  What’s your background? Making a difference for low-income kids and their families has been a thread that has knitted together all the positions I have had throughout my career. For the past nine years, I led the Noyce Foundation, which […]

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5 Things We Want To Know – Jeremy Babendure
December 17, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D., is the Executive Director, Arizona SciTech Festival & Arizona Technology Council Foundation He’s also an Assistant Research Professor at the ASU School of Molecular Sciences. Jeremy works to develop the Chief Science Officers program, which engages youth in STEM education and personal growth opportunities. Jeremy was recently selected to participate in LEAD STEM, a leadership development program […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Chief Science Officer
December 17, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

Chief Science Officer Dana is a senior at Sandra Day O’Connor High School.   What is your favorite class in school? I feel I enjoyed my Honors Chemistry class the most. I had only touched on basic chemistry in middle school, but being able to dive into the subject more deeply and with greater rigor was especially rewarding for me. […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: Chief Science Officers
December 17, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

How often do students get the opportunity to be engaged in their education? Seems like a silly question – aren’t they ALWAYS engaged in it, every time they attend a class or work on homework? Yes. But the Chief Science Officers program is providing a way for youth to be immersed in the development of educational science, technology, engineering, and […]

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International Collaboration to Benefit Girls in STEM
November 7, 2017 · From the Field

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. On October 12, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan welcomed the 2017 “Hidden No More” […]

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