Greater Southern Tier STEM Learning Network
The very first meeting of the group that would become the Greater Southern Tier STEM Learning Network was held on September 21, 2005 kicked off with this opening statement: “Life is a technology-driven enterprise: If so, then an interest in and an understanding of the embedded importance of science, technology, engineering and math to life-long learning and success is ‘mission critical’”. Today the network is an active consortium of leaders and laity from PreK-12 education, Higher Education, Business and Industry and Science Museums on a mission to reenergize, revitalize and refocus attention, interest and understanding of the embedded importance of STEM to life-long learning and success. This mission is informed by our regional priorities as they pertain to STEM education. The priorities are fidelity of implementation and sustainability, regional assessment, development and/or deployment of STEM curricula at all grade levels, maintenance of R & D databases for data-driven decision making and the creation of systems solutions. Together, these priorities drive the realization of our primary objective: To significantly increase the numbers of STEM-capable GST graduates in general and, in particular, the numbers of students from GST schools who enter the workforce in the areas of science, engineering and advanced manufacturing.