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

Building Collective Community Impact on STEM Learning
April 18, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

  The Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative recently participated in the NSF INCLUDES Next Lives Here: Social Change Innovation Summit, a conference that brought national and local experts together to advance understanding of how backbone organizations can best support collective impact as it relates to increasing representation in STEM education and careers. Following is a high-level look at the discussions from the […]

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Business Engagement Models to Increase Undergraduate STEM Student Persistence
April 6, 2017 · Uncategorized

The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) is an organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders dedicated to the creation of a highly skilled future workforce. BHEF members collaborate and form strategic partnerships to build new undergraduate pathways; improve alignment between higher education and the workforce; and produce a diverse, highly skilled talent pool to meet demand in emerging fields. […]

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An Inspiring Woman
March 31, 2017 · Uncategorized

March is Women’s History Month, and many organizations have shared examples of women who have made a difference in their communities and the world. We asked STEM Ecosystems members about their personal experiences and women who have been their role models. Kaci Fankhauser, an AmeriCorps VISTA working with the Arizona SciTech Ecosystem, said: “When I was a kid, the woman […]

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Five Things We Want to Know from STEM Learning Ecosystems Partners
March 20, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

AmeriCorps VISTA members provide vital support to several STEM Learning Ecosystems. This month’s column is focused on the work of Emily Hollas, the VISTA working with the San Diego EcosySTEM. What is your job and how did you get started doing it? I pursued a position with AmeriCorps following graduate school. Fresh out of school, and having minimal work experience, […]

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How to run a science-themed carnival that kids will love and learn from
March 20, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight, Guest Author

The goal of STEM Learning Ecosystems is to provide pathways that enable young people to become engaged, knowledgeable and skilled in the STEM disciplines. Engaging families and community members in hands-on STEM activities through a Science Carnival or similar event provides a memorable way to establish those pathways. Themed events can be an impactful way for members of an Ecosystem […]

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San Diego EcosySTEM Working Groups Are Focused and Effective
March 20, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight, Guest Author

San Diego, CA, boasts a wonderful climate and beautiful setting, but it also is a hotspot for STEM careers and development, with a high concentration of PhDs and a significant percentage of the labor force engaged in STEM careers. The San Diego EcosySTEM has a unique infrastructure, with active Working Groups that reflect the diverse stakeholders in the STEM realm. […]

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It is better to be a TEAM than to fly solo
March 8, 2017 · Uncategorized

There’s a popular acronym about the benefit of a TEAM, Together Everyone Achieves More. Is that a true statement, or just a cute saying? Does everyone on a team, or in an ecosystem, benefit? Participants in STEM Learning Ecosystems are answering with a resounding yes. A few years ago, the STEM Funders Network invested in a thorough analysis of productive […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: EvanSTEM
March 2, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

EvanSTEM Fifth Ward STEM Fest Congratulations to the EvanSTEM ecosystem on its recent Fifth Ward STEM Fest! Said Director Kirby Callam: the primary purpose of the Fifth Ward STEM Fest was to provide parents and their children “a chance for hands-on experiences and to bring to life what STEM means. Many students think STEM is for others who are ‘science people,’ and […]

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All about the “E” … National Engineers Week – February 19-25
February 23, 2017 · Uncategorized

We love STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – but this week, it’s all about the E! National Engineers Week runs February 19-25. Engineering careers span many disciplines, from aerospace to the environment (on Earth), from computers to biomedical applications to manufacturing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the field of engineering will grow as much as 10 percent in […]

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5 Things We Want to Know
February 23, 2017 · 5 Things We want to Know

January was National Mentor Month. STEM Learning relies heavily on mentors, and we know how important they are to helping young learners see themselves as scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and more. Events like the Senior Showcase hosted by the KC STEM Alliance, within ecosySTEM KC, provide an opportunity to engage community members to illustrate how STEM education is relevant. KC STEM gathered dozens […]

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