Ecosystem Spotlight

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Ecosystem Spotlight: Mayes County STEM Alliance
Ecosystem Spotlight

Regional Employer Needs Drive Ecosystem Development The Mayes County STEM Alliance is a collaborative initiative designed to ensure that youth in a rural northeast Oklahoma community have resources to discover and develop talents in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), then align those skills with local career opportunities. The Alliance is comprised of five public school districts, area employers, business […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: Central OK STEM Alliance (COSTEMA)
Ecosystem Spotlight

Leadership Academy in Oklahoma Helps Teachers Improve STEM Education and Career Readiness STEM is important in Oklahoma because as it stands now, 1,000 new STEM jobs will remain unfilled each year because too few adults across the state are qualified for the highly specialized science, technology, engineering, and math positions. Students who obtain a STEM education have the ability to […]

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Ecosystem Spotlight: STEM Guides Facilitate STEM Learning in Downeast Maine STEM Ecosystem
Ecosystem Spotlight

“STEM Guides” are individuals who connect 10- to 18-year-old youth from rural Maine to out-of-school STEM learning opportunities that already exist in their communities, including after-school programs, clubs, camps, library activities, special events, contests, and competitions. All STEM Ecosystems involve active collaboration among schools, out-of-school programs, libraries, businesses, universities, and related organizations. But in rural areas, access to these diverse STEM […]

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ISEP Ecosystem Spotlight: Transforming Middle School Science and Engineering Teaching
Ecosystem Spotlight

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) aims to transform how science is taught in the Buffalo Public Schools. Led by the University at Buffalo (UB), the focus of ISEP is the critical middle school experiences of students in science and engineering as they transition to high school. Teachers in high-needs schools have the opportunity to participate in hands-on labs […]

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Building Collective Community Impact on STEM Learning
Ecosystem Spotlight

  The Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative recently participated in the NSF INCLUDES Next Lives Here: Social Change Innovation Summit, a conference that brought national and local experts together to advance understanding of how backbone organizations can best support collective impact as it relates to increasing representation in STEM education and careers. Following is a high-level look at the discussions from the […]

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Students stand at a table with glowing instruments
How to run a science-themed carnival that kids will love and learn from
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
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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Ecosystem Spotlight: EvanSTEM
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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Spotlight: ecosySTEM KC
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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Ecosystem Spotlight: Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance
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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