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

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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Ecosystem Spotlight: Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance
January 4, 2017 · Ecosystem Spotlight

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) encourages business/industry and the education community to create innovative pathways to develop a skilled STEM workforce in the Tulsa region. Most recently, TRSA hosted a wildly successful STEM SOLE Energy Event–that’s SOLE as in Self-Organized Learning Experience–drawing classroom participants from Oklahoma to Louisiana. Inspired by a STEM Ecosystems-facilitated workshop session with the Central Oklahoma […]

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STEM Ecosystems Collaborate at Denver Convening
December 2, 2016 · From the Field

On October 17-18, representatives from all 36 Ecosystems met in Denver to share best practices and advance the Community of Practice. Highlights included a robust conversation on the importance of computer science education for all, Ecosystem presentations on E2E success stories, Practice Group meetings and an interactive communications workshop. We were also honored to hear from keynote speaker Marc Morial, […]

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Spotlight: Pittsburgh Regional STEM Ecosystem
December 1, 2016 · Ecosystem Spotlight

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway initiative is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments and teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach. Designed to help the widest possible range of school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education, the Pathway includes assessment and planning tools for schools and districts; support […]

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Spotlight: San Diego EcosySTEM
October 27, 2016 · Ecosystem Spotlight

Kudos to San Diego EcosySTEM partner, Fleet Science Center, for a successful first year of their latest initiative, “52 Weeks of Science.” 52 Weeks of Science, a yearlong celebration of STEM, brings fun and exciting science-based activities and opportunities to residents in Barrio Logan and Logan Heights. Nearly 60 science, cultural, educational and community partners contribute to these events—a number […]

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From Meeting to Impact: How One Foundation’s Investment of $25,000 Spurred Large-Scale Collaboration
October 24, 2016 · Ecosystem Spotlight

What happens when a foundation offers a one-year, $25,000 grant to a network of STEM educators and leaders? It shouldn’t be surprising that the answer is: innovation. The NYC STEM Education Network was formed in 2012 with about 30 STEM learning providers, STEM-rich cultural institutions, city agencies, and youth-serving organizations that offered school-based after-school programs. The Pinkerton Foundation, which provided […]

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Our North Star: Prioritizing Equity in the Digital Age
October 18, 2016 · Guest Author

By Gerald Solomon, Co-chair of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative Last night, the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative had the honor of welcoming Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, to its Community of Practice gathering in Denver. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Morial speak several times, and each time, I walk away inspired and motivated to […]

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“Every Kid in A Park” in Ventura County
April 6, 2016 · Ecosystem Spotlight

Ventura County STEM – Highlighting a federal program providing free passes to national parks for fourth graders across the country in 2016, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Representative. Lois Capps of Santa Barbara distributed free park passes to more than 90 fourth graders from the Grace Thille School in Santa Paula as they headed on a boat trip to Channel […]

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Congratulations to Queens 20/20 and the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative on their successful NSF INCLUDES proposals!
January 16, 2016 · From the Field

The National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. By facilitating partnerships, communication and cooperation, NSF aims to […]

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