Colorado STEM Selected To Launch STEM Learning Ecosystem

October 12, 2015 – The STEM Funders Network (SFN) has selected Colorado STEM as one of 27 communities to pilot the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. This project, built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, will bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities to young people. Colorado STEM’s selection is a demonstration of their existing progress in developing a strong STEM community and recognition of the commitment to continue this work.

“These innovative communities are providing STEM learning opportunities for millions of young people both in- and out-of-school,” said SFN co-chairs Gerald Solomon, executive director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, executive director, Noyce Foundation. “It is an initiative to design the kind of infrastructure that ensures that STEM learning is truly ‘everywhere’ and is a top priority for communities supporting youth to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in a global workforce.”

The 27 communities comprising the initial cohort of a national Community of Practice have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective preK-16 instruction in STEM learning in schools and beyond the classroom—in afterschool and summer programs, at home, in science centers, libraries and other places both virtual and physical— that sparks young people’s engagement, develops their knowledge, strengthens their persistence and nurtures their sense of identity and belonging in the STEM disciplines. As these STEM Ecosystems evolve, a student will be able to connect what they learn in and out of school with real-world learning opportunities, leading to STEM related careers and opportunities.

“We are delighted that Colorado STEM was accepted to participate in this important effort to build and grow cross-sector partnerships to ensure we are able to provide more students with the STEM education and experiences needed to succeed in college, career, and life,” said Angela Baber, STEM Director, The Colorado Education Initiative, “Colorado is fortunate to have champions from across public and private sectors invested in Colorado becoming the most innovative state in increasing the number and diversity of our local talent pipeline – participation in this national effort will allow Colorado to share with and learn from equally passionate and dedicated leaders across the country.”

Launched in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative, the STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative will form a national Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, industry and others. The first gathering of this Community of Practice will be hosted at the White House in November.

The following is the complete list of sites selected from an invited pool of 70+ applicants to join the STEM Ecosystems Initiative’s first cohort creating a STEM Community of Practice:

  • Arizona SciTech Ecosystem (Phoenix, AZ)

  • Bay Area STEM Ecosystem (San Jose, CA)

  • BoSTEM (Boston, MA)

  • Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative (Chicago, IL)

  • Colorado STEM (Denver, CO)

  • East Syracuse Minoa Central School District STEM Learning Ecosystem (East Syracuse, NY)

  • ecosySTEM KC (Kansas City, MO)

  • Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Initiative (Freeland, MI)

  • Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem (Austin, TX)

  • Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative (Cincinnati, OH)

  • Indiana STEM Ecosystem Initiative (Indianapolis, IN)

  • Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership in Western New York (Buffalo, NY)

  • Learning Ecology Network of STEM in Evanston (Evanston, IL)

  • Los Angeles Regional STEM Hub (Los Angeles, CA)

  • NC STEM Ecosystem: Driving the Future (Research Triangle Park, NC)

  • Northeast Ohio STEM Learning Ecosystem (Cleveland, OH)

  • NYC STEM Education Network (New York, NY)

  • Orange County STEM Initiative (Corona Del Mar, CA)

  • Oregon’s Statewide Regional STEM Hub Network (Salem, OR)

  • Pittsburgh Regional STEM Ecosystem (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Providence After School Alliance (PASA) AfterZone STEM – FUSE Initiative (Providence, RI)

  • Queens 2020 (Corona, NY)

  • San Diego EcosySTEM (San Diego, CA)

  • STEMcityPHL Regional Network (Conshohocken, PA)

  • Tampa Bay STEM Network (Tampa, FL)

  • Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (Tulsa, OK)

  • Ventura County STEM Regional Network (Learning Ecosystem, Camarillo, CA)

  • Learn more about the initiative at stemecosystems.org.