Category: Stakeholder Stories
Family Engagement Panel by Louisiana based organizations at the Spring 2019 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening in New Orleans, LA in April 2019. This panel showcased lessons learned from expanded education and post-secondary training programs in New Orleans and Baton Rouge working with vulnerable and/or underserved populations.
A panel of leaders from children’s museums and science centers in Louisiana and New Mexico discuss how they use play to engage families and build awareness around STEM from early ages. Each organization - Explora from STEM-NM, the Sci-Port Discovery Center, and Knock Knock Children’s Museum - presents an overview of work, a hands on activity that families in their home communities complete together and a gallery walk activity for session participants with six questions and prompts.
This ecosystem has discovered multiple creative solutions to bring STEM closer to families. Communication guides, at home activities and access to STEM career pathways are empowering families in greater Cincinnati.
Chicago’s ecosystem is developing cradle to career STEM experiences and opportunities in a neighborhood once considered a STEM desert. Leveraging trusted, local organizations and word of mouth, the Austin community is buzzing with STEM.
The leaders of Remake Learning of Pittsburgh are active in posting regularly about the work of the ecosystem and their members. Publications are always available.
Early Childhood STEM has its own unique set of challenges concerning developing curriculum and instructional strategies that are developmentally appropriate. The OC STEM initiative partnered with LEGO Education to create an “Early Childhood STEM Toolbox” complete with resources to help ecosystems launch programs in this space.
An Interview with Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims, Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) and Sarah Holland, Special Assistant for Family Engagement for the PA Department of Education and Department of Human Services.