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SXSW EDU 2018 panel: Not “Random Acts of STEM”; Planned Career Success Demonstrates how STEM Learning Ecosystems Are Creating Effective Collaborations to Increase Student Success and World Impact



Forward-thinking and action-oriented discussion on March 5, 2:30 PM, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F features Founder of STEM Learning Ecosystems, Dean of Engineering at UC Irvine, and Director from the Institute for the Future

(AUSTIN, Tex. – March 1, 2018) – STEM Learning Ecosystems are connecting relevant but unlikely community partners in a new model of education. Learn how this Ecosystem model is succeeding in 56 regions of North America and extending the impact to more youth and more companies. Attend the  Industry Talk on “Employability” at SXSW EDU on March 5, 2:30 PM, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon F.

  • Gerald Solomon, Co-Founder of STEM Learning Ecosystems, illustrates how STEM Learning Ecosystems provide solutions as a new learning architecture to equip youth to succeed and thrive in the rapidly-changing world, preparing them to create and use new methods to address the issues our society is facing.
  • Gregory Washington, Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine, discusses critical and disruptive issues of our world and how our learning systems must evolve to address those quickly and effectively.
  • Parminder Jassal, Institute for the Future, examines changes in the workforce landscape, and how companies, employees, and students must also shift in order to allow diversity and innovation to thrive.

The industry talk, Not “Random Acts of STEM”: Planned Career Success, is part of the Employability track at SXSW EDU 2018. These leaders from the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative will share examples to demonstrate that any community, regardless of size or challenge, can build a successful STEM ecosystem, to reframe how students learn, how teachers teach, and how workforce pipelines with STEM-skilled individuals can be built and sustained.

“Education leaders are coming to SXSW EDU not just for solutions to known educational challenges, but because they understand the need to prepare to help their students address as-yet-uncovered needs. STEM Learning Ecosystems are addressing both areas,” said Gerald Solomon. “At SXSW, we’ll share how practical and varied partnerships are developing around the country, while distant communities are simultaneously supporting each other’s efforts through national connections nurtured through the Community of Practice.”

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative cultivates and supports 56 local Ecosystems working to improve access to high-quality STEM learning for all students. The Initiative empowers communities to bring together unlikely local partners and create systemic change to ensure more students, particularly underserved and underrepresented students, develop the STEM knowledge and skills they need to learn and thrive in today’s workplace.

Learn more at stemecosystems.org. Join online conversations on Twitter @STEMecosystems and #SXSWSTEM, on Facebook and LinkedIn.