STEM Ecosystems Blog

STEM Learning Ecosystems Blog

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

Meet AmeriCorps VISTA Kaci Fankhauser
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On my second day as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) with Arizona SciTech, I accompanied my new supervisor to an organization offering youth courses in robotics, 3D modelling, game development, and virtual reality – all things which I, as a biologist, imagined as only existing in the futuristic lab-caves of Silicon Valley. The existence of these technologies […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: MetroWest STEM Education Network Joins SLECoP
Ecosystem Spotlight

The new Ecosystem and its leaders have energy, goals, and seek guidance. By training, Irene Porro is a physicist with a PhD in Space Science and Technology. By practice, she is a conductor – bringing together people with different expertise to work for a shared goal of promoting equity and diversity in STEM fields. And by philosophy, she is committed […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Bob Abrams
5 Things We want to Know

Bob Abrams is Co-Leader of Indiana STEM Network and recently released a study revealing strategies to better connect in-school and out-of-school learning. 1. What drew you to work in the STEM education field? Shortly after joining the regional Indiana workforce development initiative, an Indiana University professor of Math Education explained to me that the key to preparing future employees in […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Alyssa Briggs
5 Things We want to Know

Alyssa Briggs is the newly appointed Director of STEM Learning Ecosystems and Global Community of Practice 1. What’s your background? I spent the first part of my career as an investigative reporter. I was drawn to journalism because I believe that the media plays a critically important role in society and democracy. I worked on stories that I believe had […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Debbi Stone
5 Things We want to Know

Debbi Stone is Vice President of Education at the Florida Aquarium and part of the Tampa Bay STEM Network In addition to the standard profiles of STEM leaders, this month we also asked for a summary of thoughts on the spring 2018 national STEM Learning Ecosystems convening. Debbi’s insights and profile follow. Your Audiences: Do You Have THEIR Voices? When […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Eric Meyer
5 Things We want to Know

Eric Meyer is Assistant Director of Education at the Fleet Science Center and part of the San Diego Ecosystem In addition to the standard profiles of STEM leaders, this month we also asked for a summary of thoughts on the spring 2018 national STEM Learning Ecosystems convening. Eric’s insights and profile follow. The combination of the U.S. News STEM Solutions […]

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5 Things We Want to Know – Natasha Smith-Walker
5 Things We want to Know

Natasha Smith-Walker is the Executive Director, Project Exploration, in the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative. In addition to the standard profiles of STEM leaders, this month we also asked for a summary of thoughts on the Spring 2018 national STEM Learning Ecosystems convening. Natasha’s insights and profile follow. At the Community of Practice Convening, one session, The Power of Partnerships: An […]

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Community of Practice Wrap-Up: STEM Ecosystems + STEM Solutions
From the Field

Members of 56 regional STEM Learning Ecosystems across North America gathered in Washington DC in early April to share ideas and programs for education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At the convening, members of the Ecosystems were able to exchange ideas from partners in their own areas as well as similar Ecosystems from across the country. Leaders from […]

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LEAD STEM Highlights
From the Field

The inaugural Cohort of 21 LEAD STEM Fellows from across 19 STEM Learning Ecosystems came together for their third in-person meeting in Washington, DC, in advance of the Community of Practice. This dynamic group of STEM leaders is building STEM momentum which is leading to measurable outcomes for each of them individually as professionals, for their local communities through capstone […]

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Chief Science Officers in D.C.
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The Chief Science Officers program is providing a way for youth to be immersed in the development of educational science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities in and out of the classroom. Several CSOs from across the country attended the 2018 spring convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems, offering student perspectives and learning more about how educational programs are formed and executed. Following are the […]

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