2022 Spring Convening

Convening Highlights

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More than 450 international STEM leaders gather in Bay City

A STEM tradition made a return after a pandemic hiatus. More than 450 STEM leaders have reunited with its international community of Chief Science Officers for an annual conference, where students …

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STEM Building

STEM Conference brings worldwide thought leaders to Bay City

BAY CITY, Mich. (WJRT) – Hundreds of STEM leaders from all over the world gathered locally for a three-day conference in Bay City focused on strategies for empowering and engaging …

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400+ STEM leaders being drawn to upcoming ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’ event in Bay City

More than 400 of the world’s top leaders and thinkers in STEM will be coming to Bay City for the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice event from June 20 to June 22.

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More than 400 STEM leaders from across the globe traveled to the small Michigan town of Bay City to attend the 12th in-person convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

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Kate Ayers, St. Jude Research Hospital and the Memphis STEM and Medicine Ecosystem


Dr. Adrienne Starks
“I had a great opportunity to connect with well-established Ecosystems from across the country…”  – Dr. Adrienne Starks. Listen to more.

‘It’s so good to be back together’

First convening of STEM Learning Ecosystems Since 2020 Draws More than 450 Leaders

Louie Lopez, director DoD STEM, applauds collaboration

Leaders share best practices, develop plans for next steps and harness powerful energy and excitement

Louie Lopez, director of DoD STEM, Monday told members of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice that a “vested community will almost always yield fruitful results.”

Lopez’ remarks, delivered on the opening day of People, Planet, Prosperity in June 2022 in Bay City, Mich., underscored the critical role of the STEM Learning Ecosystems in the effort to improve STEM opportunities for all. 

Lopez was one of dozens of speakers and presenters at People, Planet, Prosperity, the 12th in-person convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice and the first since 2020.

“Much needs to be done today,” Lopez said. “DoD STEM is steadfast in this commitment. DoD STEM’s vision is to create a diverse and sustainable STEM talent pool through educational opportunities for students and teachers of all ages throughout the country and across all demographics.”

Lopez said that DoD STEM seeks to increase participation in STEM activities of “underserved and underrepresented groups. Overall, the DoD is committed to ensuring our nation has enduring access to diverse and agile technical talent ready to meet our national defense and security challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Challenges from the Next Generation 

About 30 of the world’s 1,800 Chief Science Officers, middle and high school students who advocate for STEM in their communities, joined People, Planet, Prosperity and issued challenges to leaders of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

Check out these photos from the event!

Deb Bailey, lead of the Oregon's Statewide Regional STEM Hub Network, gulped cups of bugs the quickest among Ecosystem peers to win a live bug eating contest hosted by EXPLR Media and Myth Busters host Kari Byron.

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COVID-19 Policy

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice is vigilant in following state and federal guidelines regarding COVID protocols for larger meetings. The SLECoP has worked hard with the host Ecosystem to ensure that there are spaces for all to remain healthy, indoors and out. As always, the SLECoP must make financial commitments for the event to happen and therefore will not be able to issue refunds if you are unable to attend. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: All cancellation requests must be received by email (events@jamiebelkinevents.com) on or before May 23, 2022 to receive a full refund. No refunds will be processed within 30 days of the event. Special circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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