Idaho STEM EcosySTEM
The Idaho Ecosystem includes a nascent group of engaged partners from PreK-12 and higher education, out-of-school educators, industry partners, state agencies, legislators, and the Governor’s office each dedicated to:
- Ensuring equitable access to STEM;
- Building awareness of and 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; and
- Building STEM momentum within the state and nationally.
Idaho applied to and was officially accepted as a member of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice (SLECoP) in 2019, joining with 88 other STEM ecosystems from across the country and the world. The Idaho STEM Action Center, with a mission of addressing talent shortages and creating a stronger Idaho with STEM learning opportunities for all, coordinated Idaho’s application process which included 11 other partner organizations.
Now, as a member of SLECoP, Idaho is part of a group that shares strategies and resources with each other for creating and building a STEM workforce pipeline, training STEM teachers, and building the type of infrastructure that will allow for diverse stakeholders to work together for shared goals and needs.
The Idaho STEM Ecosystem is a network of STEM education leaders and supporters striving for a STEM-literate Idaho. Our active community of partners includes government agencies, non-profits, PreK-12 and higher education institutions, out-of-school organizations, and representatives from business and industry. Idaho STEM Action Center, under the Executive Office of the Governor, serves as the backbone organization and works with partners statewide to advance STEM education and workforce development.
More information on STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice and other STEM ecosystems;
By joining the Idaho STEM Ecosystem, your organization can:
- Network with stakeholders from across the state
- Connect with current and new partners to support STEM programs
- Be recognized as a leader in STEM for Idaho
- Develop the Idaho STEM workforce of today and tomorrow
- Shape Idaho’s future
The newly formed EcosySTEM is 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.
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!
October 30, 2020 Invitation to attend Convening
- October 30, 2020 Ecosystem Convening Agenda
- October 30, 2020 Ecosystem Partners in Action
- October 30, 2020 Ecosystem Convening New Member Orientation
- October 30, 2020 Ecosystem Convening Morning Session Presentation
- October 30, 2020 Ecosystem Convening Afternoon Session Presentation
- October 30, 2020 Ecosystem Convening Happy Hour Presentation
- October 30, 2020 Ecosystem Convening Notes
- SMARTIE Goal Worksheet (docx)
- Post Convening Survey
The newly formed EcosySTEM is looking for partner organizations, agencies, businesses, and industry leaders to engage and assist with the work!
- Opportunities and Access, Lead Contact: Erica Compton
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 Contact: Finia Dinh and Nick Crabbs.
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: Dr. Kaitlin Maguire
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.
The following founding partners will help guide the creation of the Idaho STEM Ecosystem:
- Career & Technical Education, Justin Touchstone, Senior Program Quality Manager
- State Dept of Education, Shannon Cates, Science Coordinator
- Idaho Out-of-School Network, Anna Almerico, Director
- Idaho Commission for Libraries, Stephanie Bailey-White, State Librarian
- Discovery Center of Idaho, Eric Miller, Executive Director
- Micron Foundation, Laurie Anderson, Manager K-12 Programs
- Idaho National Laboratory, Jennifer Jackson, K-12 STEM Program Manager
- University of Idaho, Melinda Davis, Director of STEM Education
- Boise State University-Institute for STEM and Diversity, Donna Llewellyn, Executive Director
- Idaho Diversity Network (EPSCoR), Sarah Penny, Idaho NSF Program Manager
- Galileo STEM Academy, Rob Lamb, Principal
EcosySTEM launch convening began with a Design Studio on January 16, 2020 at Boise State University.
- Idaho STEM EcosySTEM Design Studio Agenda, January 16, 2020
- Idaho STEM EcosySTEM Design Studio PowerPoint Presentation
- Idaho EcosySTEM Design Studio Final Report Draft
Idaho EcosySTEM Launch Partner
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