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Idaho STEM EcosySTEM

Idaho STEM EcosySTEMIdahoans in every part of the state have access to brighter futures when communities work together and share resources to communicate the value of local STEM education, experiences, and careers. Enter the Idaho STEM Ecosystem! We are a network of collaborators committed to leveraging shared resources that effectively raise awareness of STEM opportunities and connect all Idahoans to STEM pathways in their community.

The Idaho STEM Ecosystem (EcosySTEM) includes a group of engaged partners from PreK-12 and higher education, out-of-school education, industry, nonprofits, state and local government agencies, and the legislature.

The EcosySTEM fosters the integration of STEM experiences for Idahoans, creating problem-solvers and critical thinkers who will sustain and lead our economy.

The EcosySTEM members are dedicated to:

  • Building awareness of and ensuring access to STEM education opportunities and STEM careers.
  • Aligning STEM education with Idaho workforce needs of today and tomorrow.
  • Creating successful metrics for STEM education and programming.
  • Building STEM momentum within the state and nationally.

Four strategic working groups meet monthly to further the EcosySTEM’s goals and mission. Idaho STEM Action Center, under the Executive Office of the Governor, serves as the backbone organization. There are three regional hubs that support local needs and leverage local resources. These hubs are:

Idaho South & East EcosySTEM

Idaho South & East EcosySTEM (ISEE) Hub

The EcosySTEM is a member of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice (SLECoP) , joining 100 other STEM ecosystems from across the country and the world. As a member of SLECoP, Idaho is part of a group that shares strategies and resources with each other for creating and building STEM workforce pathways, training STEM teachers, and building the type of infrastructure that will allow for diverse partners to work together for shared goals and needs.

More information on STEM ecosystems:

Get Involved!

The EcosySTEM is always looking for partner organizations, agencies, businesses, and industry leaders to engage and assist with the work! Interested in learning more or bringing your business/organization on board? Contact Erica Compton.

BENEFITS for your organization by joining the Idaho STEM Ecosystem:

  • Network and connect with partners invested in STEM education from across the state.
  • Develop Idaho’s STEM workforce to ensure a prosperous future and economy.
  • Be recognized as a leader in STEM for Idaho.

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EcosySTEM partners have already started to engage in collective work to strengthen Idaho STEM from cradle to career!  Making a commitment statement shows your organizations support the collective work of the EcosySTEM.

Submit your commitment statement to Erica Compton.

If you are struggling to find the right words to form your commitment statement, these resources might help. The first is a google doc that provides a word template and sample statements which can be found here: Commitment Examples. The other is called Commitment Wizard, which is offered by CSforALL. With this tool you simply answer a short series of questions, and it generates a commitment statement for you!

EcosySTEM Archives

Webinar #1 – Meet Our New Hub Coordinators!

October 15, 2021 12pm-1pm MST

Overview: We met the new regional Hub Coordinators, learned more about the ecosystem and hub structures and participated in a question and answer session with the coordinators and STEM AC staff.

Webinar #2 – Cultivating the Future of STEM in Idaho

October 29, 2021 12pm-1pm MDT

Overview:

“Cultivating the Future of STEM in Idaho”, a summary report of the Ecosystem’s asset and needs assessment survey, focus groups, and interviews. During the webinar, participants learned how to leverage this report to support STEM education and workforce development within their own communities. The presentation and discussion were led by the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) that serves as the backbone organization for the national STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

Webinar #3 – STEM Business and Education Partnership Panel Discussion

November 12, 2021

Overview:

The intent of this panel is to discuss the need for strong partnerships between K-Post Secondary education and business and industry. We will delve into what the needs are of both, where those needs intersect, and how to build stronger relationships.

Webinar #4 – Idaho’s Broadband Initiative


December 17, 2021

Overview:

During this webinar, we learned about the state’s Broadband initiative from the Department of Commerce and how this work can support STEM education and workforce development in your community.

Webinar #5 – Case Study: STEM Initiatives on the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation

January 14, 2022

Overview:

During this webinar we focused on reaching underrepresented populations in Idaho and highlighting the success and potential of programs already underway – particularly the STEM initiatives on the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation.

Webinar #6 – i-STEM Summer Institutes: Discussion and Demos

February 25, 2022

Overview:

During this webinar we discussed the upcoming summer i-STEM institutes. We explored some of the materials from past i-STEM strands that are now available for check out from the i-STEM Lending Libraries, located across the state.

Webinar #7 – The Power of Partnerships

March 25, 2022

Overview:

Preview of our upcoming Statewide EcosySTEM Spring convening on April 29-30.  We dive into this Spring’s theme of “The Power of Partnerships”, provide a brief history of the EcoSySTEM, and share thoughts on where we are headed. We will also have an overview of the conference schedule of events, a lively discussion on how to engage, information on travel support, and time for you to share what it is YOU need from the EcosySTEM! Collaboration is what makes partnerships powerful so join our gathering of STEM education champions and help us create a STEM-literate Idaho.

Presentations for ALL Regions

EcosySTEM Partners in Action

September 17, 2020

September 18, 2020 

Regions 1 and 2

Regions 3 and 4

Regions 5 and 6

EcosySTEM launch convening began with a Design Studio on January 16, 2020 at Boise State University.

Idaho EcosySTEM Launch Partner

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EcosySTEM Working Groups, Partners, Branding

Interested in joining a working group? Please reach out to the committee lead.

Opportunities and Access, Co-Leads: Erica Compton and Karen Baker
The goal of this group is to identify practices and systems that contribute to sustaining barriers and biases for underserved and disenfranchised populations.

Communication and Public Awareness, Lead Contact: Crispin Gravatt
Focused on three areas during our meeting: how to join; how to engage with the other working groups; and how to highlight partners.

Career Pathways and Exposure, Lead Contacts: Chet Andes and John McFarlane
The goal for this group is to further develop clear STEM career pathways for Idaho’s youth and to expose them to those pathways.

Educator Preparation, Training, and Support, Lead Contact: Jennifer Redford
The goal of this group is to find new and better ways to prepare and support PreK-20 educators in STEM education. We are a diverse group, with individuals from formal and informal learning, school administration, higher education, after school programs and out-of-school organizations, curriculum developers, state agencies, and industry.

Idaho STEM EcosySTEM Working Groups Overview

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2013234.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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