Overview

What if communities tried a new strategy to ensure all young people reach their potential in STEM?

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We believe every young person should have access to a rich ecosystem of connected learning opportunities, in and out-of-school.

Rigorous, effective preK-16 instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and learning beyond the classroom—in afterschool and summer programs, at home, in science centers, libraries and other places both virtual and physical—sparks young people’s engagement, develops their knowledge, strengthens their persistence and nurtures their sense of identity and belonging in the STEM disciplines.

This website is a toolkit for cultivating STEM Learning Ecosystems.

Click on suggested Design Principles to guide your work developing cross-sector partnerships in your own state, city or community.

Click on Strategies for detailed information on how to cultivate STEM Learning Ecosystems in your own state, city or community.

Strategy 1: Cultivating Cross-Sector Partnerships

Strategy 2: Creating and Connecting STEM-Rich Learning Environments

Strategy 3: Equipping Educators

Strategy 4: Supporting Youth Pathways

Click on Resources for an evolving resource library of websites, presentations and research corresponding to each strategy.

Click on STEM Ecosystems Initiative for information about the STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative, an invitation-only opportunity for up to 25 communities to join a national Community of Practice. Click here for a list of invited communities, and read more about the application process.

For invited communities, the application is available online here. You can also download a PDF of the RFQ.

Click on Contact to submit your contact information and questions.

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