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Alabama STEM Council Awards STEM Learning Ecosystem Planning Incentives (SLEPI) to Recipients Paving the Way for Statewide Innovation and Collaboration

The Alabama STEM Council, in collaboration with TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, proudly announces the STEM Learning Ecosystem Planning Incentives (SLEPI) recipients as part of its statewide initiative to establish connected STEM Learning Ecosystems (SLEs). This initiative, supported by funding from the Alabama legislature, fosters collaboration among businesses, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, government entities, out-of-school time providers, philanthropic organizations, and more.

The STEM Ecosystems initiative is designed to enhance learning experiences and contribute to the growth of thriving local economies that benefit all Alabamians. The vision is to provide accessible STEM education opportunities for learners across Alabama through cross-sector partnerships, establishing a sustainable statewide culture of entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity.

The Alabama STEM Council was honored to receive numerous applications from diverse entities committed to fostering STEM education and collaboration across the state.

Together, we’re shaping a future where STEM education thrives and innovation knows no bounds. Join us on this exciting journey towards STEM excellence!

The STEM Learning Ecosystem Planning Incentives (SLEPI) Recipients:

  • Alabama Expanded Learning Alliance
  • Auburn University
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama (BGCNAL)
  • College Admissions Made Possible (CAMP)
  • Dallas County System of Services
  • Gadsden City Schools
  • Hale County Middle School
  • HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
  • Lawson State Community College
  • McWane Science Center
  • Oxford City Schools
  • Southern Research Institute, in partnership with Auburn University
  • STEAMCamp for Kids
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal School
  • Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, Inc. (SAFE)
  • Techelon Solutions
  • The George Joseph and Susie Ezzell Atta Memorial Library Inc., “The ATTA”
  • The University of West Alabama
  • Tuscaloosa City Schools, in partnership with The University of Alabama
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham


In addition, we’re proud to announce Planning Incentive funding to the two inaugural Alabama Regional STEM Learning Ecosystems:

  • NCAL STEM Learning Ecosystem (Wallace State Community College)
  • I-85 STEM Learning Ecosystem (TechMGM)


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For more information, STEM Learning Ecosystem Planning Incentives

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Bernadette Forrest
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