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

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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Spotlight: ecosySTEM KC
February 21, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

ecosySTEM KC partner connects industry, educators and sees STEM participation skyrocket Kansas City’s emergence as a thriving hub for tech, entrepreneurship, innovation and the arts make it a natural hotspot for incubating new approaches to STEM education. Increased communication and discussion of practical solutions among ecosystem partners is yielding increased access to STEM education opportunities. Knowing that STEM work in the […]

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Research Spotlight – Maker Spaces
January 16, 2017 · Uncategorized

Connecting MakerSpaces with Schools: Findings from the STEMLiMS project could help in supporting young people to connect the personal interest-driven work that they engage in at Makerspaces with the more formalized demands of STEM learning in school. As highlighted on informalscience.org, the Investigating STEM Literacies in MakerSpaces (STEMLiMS)  (NSF DRL#1422532) project is a 3-year ethnographic and design-based research study that […]

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