Time: 1:45 PM – 3:25 PM
“Ecospheres are “Groups of STEM Ecosystems that are connected by geography by audience or by other unifying factors.” Like individual Ecosystems, Ecospheres support networking and collaboration, help reduce duplication, identify gaps in services, and foster equitable access to STEM resources.
Several Ecosystems have already joined together to form Ecospheres – whether or not they use the “Ecosphere” title. This presentation highlights the work going on in PA to develop our own Ecosphere; the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem.
Our session will be divided into an overview of the Ecosphere Toolkit and a hands-on activity of working on an organizational plan the participants can take with them.
As a result of attending this session, participants will:
– Understand the concept of an Ecosphere and what it takes to develop one. – Have the beginning of a working plan to share with their stakeholders
– Learn about the opportunities, decision-points, challenges, and lessons-learned encountered throughout the process.
– Have an opportunity to ask questions and seek answers that would help participants in developing an Ecosphere
– Leave the session with practical tips, resources, and follow-up contact information.