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

Wisdom from students
Convening, From the Field

San Antonio Convening of STEM Learning Ecosystems taps ideas from those closest to learning. More than 30 students attended and spoke at the semi-annual convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, offering advice and thoughts for STEM leaders throughout the world.

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Science dictates policy in San Antonio, Texas
From the Field

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg Tuesday told more than 500 members of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice that “Here in San Antonio, Science dictates policy.” His comments came a day after he declared that the city was in a state of emergency due to what he called missteps by the Centers for Disease Control for releasing a patient into the general public who had tested positive for the COVID-19 illness.

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‘You don’t take a white boy and put him on your brochure’
From the Field

Bobb was one of three speakers on a keynote panel, “Inventing Tomorrow: Cultivating a New Generation of Problem Solvers,” sponsored by the Lemelson Foundation with support from Qualcomm Foundation. Bobb and other panelists are interested in creating conditions that will eliminate barriers for marginalized students and foster students’ ability to invent. “We must remember that marginalization is not a passive thing - it’s active,” said Bobb. “Someone is culpable.” 

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STEM According to Mr. Rogers
Guest Author

By Jeremy Shorr, Director of Digital Innovation and Early Learning for TIES “The most important learning is the ability to accept and expect mistakes, and deal with the disappointments that they bring” – Fred Rogers The only time I ever made my mother cry was because of Mr. Rogers. Overall, I was a pretty well-behaved kid. Like anyone, however, I […]

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Gearing up for San Antonio – Tips from Locals
From the Field

When you come to San Antonio in March for the Spring 2020 Convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, you can expect to experience a city that is truly multi-cultural, vibrant and overflowing with entrepreneurial energy and ideas. We are in the final stages of planning the agenda for the three-day convening which officially opens at the Marriott […]

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Women Living STEM
From the Field

Advice from trailblazers and strategies to elevate the role of women in science. Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, shared that in college she was “forced” to take two science courses. This revelation shocked the more than 400 attendees of the Fall convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, held in Cleveland, OH in […]

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Questions to Form Our Identity
From the Field

“The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by asking it as it does by the answering.”  – David Whyte For those who know me, you’re about to laugh when I say this – I’m all about the answers sometimes. And I usually want those answers quickly. I live in NYC and fast-paced […]

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Partnering to Change the GAME ~ Infusing STEM into Football Camps
Ecosystem Spotlight, From the Field

By Kathleen Schofield, Executive Director, Northeast Florida’s STEM2 Hub On a sunny Saturday morning, the last place you would expect to find our STEM team would be at a football field nestled beside the Police Athletic League in Jacksonville, but that is exactly where we were – The Calais Campbell – Jax PAL -STEM Football Camp. At the camp, sponsored […]

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Highway to STEM Begins with a Good On Ramp
Ecosystem Spotlight, Guest Author

By Xan Black, Executive Director of the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance The Journey Thanks to the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Overdeck Foundation and the Harvard PEAR Institute, the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) had a chance to take a long look at our STEM journey.  We had the chance to invite outside experts into our living room […]

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Picture of family holding hands
Family Engagement Focus at Spring 2019 Convening
From the Field

Members of STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice from across the world recently gathered in historic New Orleans to share ideas and best practices in STEM education. Here is a compilation of their thoughts and ideas. Do you have other ideas for family engagement in education? Share your thoughts on Twitter and tag us @STEMEcosystems.

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