Families Learning Across Boundaries (FamLAB)
Idaho Expands Early STEM work with National Grant Support
Idaho was honored to be awarded a Spark Grant called Families Learning Across Boundaries (FamLAB) from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The overarching goal of the FamLAB Project is to create an ecosystem that enables and encourages young children’s learning across settings, especially children from underrepresented populations.
The goal of the Spark Grants Program is to identify, support, and promote innovative approaches to help children and youth ages 3–12 learn more deeply across home, community, and school settings. To do so, the program will activate a cross-sectoral community of researchers, practitioners, and developers to explore new ideas, with a special emphasis on the potential of media and technology to facilitate learning across boundaries. The 2018-2019 program is providing grants to US-based non-profit organizations and educational institutions to undertake innovative research and development (R&D) work, design capacity-building tools, and lead community engagement projects. These one-year grants are intended to spur knowledge development and experimentation, including the launch of a network of leaders who will exchange best practices and plan future activities.
Idaho utilized the FamLAB funding to support Early STEM Family Learning and Engagement Pilot Projects in ten communities.
Summit Goals & Outcomes:
This one-day Summit is a capstone event for the Joan Ganz Cooney Foundation Spark Grant, and builds on the work accomplished at the 2018 Summit. On September 27 the early STEM network reconvened to evaluate the pilot programs, reflect on lessons learned, and discuss ways to develop a statewide ecosystem. By combining our resources, strengths, and knowledge through an intentional network we will support early STEM education, elevate the discussion, and fully support regional needs to better reach underserved communities.
- Early STEM Summit Agenda
- Early STEM Pilot Projects Survey Results
- Early STEM Summit Presentation
- Keynote Speaker, Sara Hagenah
The Early STEM Summit was made possible with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop as part of the Families Learning Across Boundaries (FamLAB) Spark Grants Program through the generous support of the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Bezos Family Foundation, and Oath Foundation.