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STEM Learning Ecosystems Blog

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

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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ISEP Ecosystem Spotlight: Transforming Middle School Science and Engineering Teaching
May 24, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) aims to transform how science is taught in the Buffalo Public Schools. Led by the University at Buffalo (UB), the focus of ISEP is the critical middle school experiences of students in science and engineering as they transition to high school. Teachers in high-needs schools have the opportunity to participate in hands-on labs […]

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STEM Learning Ecosystems National Community of Practice Update
May 24, 2017 · From the Field

The STEM Funders Network hosts bi-annual National Community of Practice convenings for all participating STEM Learning Ecosystems. The Community of Practice creates a peer-to-peer professional learning network; participants help shape the meeting agenda to ensure its relevance. The most recent Convening took place in Tampa on April 24-25. Here are some key takeaways: Julie Stolzer, Director STEM Learning Ecosystems & […]

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Quality Community Engagement
April 20, 2017 · From the Field

There are currently 37 STEM Learning Ecosystems across the country. The Ecosystems are cross-sector networks that operate in different environments with different objectives, but all agree on the importance of understanding community needs. Responding to requests from the varying Ecosystems, we recently hosted a webinar focused on community listening and engagement. Here are a few highlights. Dr. Emily Dilger, Bay […]

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