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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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Sharing Stories: Many Have Personal Accounts of STEM ‘Slights’
From the Field, Guest Author

By Veronica Gonzales, Deputy Director of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice and Alyssa Briggs, Director of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice   When we shared some personal reflections about our own experiences as STEM outsiders, we were hoping that it might prompt others to also share their stories. It did. Over the last week, we’ve heard […]

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Meet AmeriCorps VISTA Aleia McNaney
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Collaboration fuels ecosystems, but it can be difficult to maintain. Partners come together for meetings, for events, and for working groups, but the space between these gatherings can often feel like a lull in connections. As an AmeriCorps VISTA working with the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA), I created a project designed to combat these lulls. In the process, I […]

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Meet AmeriCorps VISTA Clay Eggleston
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I have chosen to pursue service to America as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), quite simply, to foster confidence in the decades to come. In our particular place in history, it is vital that we hold on to optimism for the good of the future, rather than becoming stuck in a headspace of cynicism and confusion. I […]

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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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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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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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Our North Star: Prioritizing Equity in the Digital Age
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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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