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 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 with the STEM Learning Ecosystems.
Now, as part the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, 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 Ecosystem Community of Practice and other STEM ecosystems;
Bright Spots of EcosySTEM Partners;
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.
- September 17-18. Idaho STEM Ecosystem statewide convening.
- STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening
October 19-21. Resilience and Resolve - The Power of Thriving STEM Learning Ecosystems
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: Angela Hemingway
Focused on three areas during our meeting: how to join; how to engage with the other working groups; and how to highlight partners.
- Resource Identification and Asset Mapping, Lead Contact: Crispin Gravatt
The goal is to give the Idaho STEM Ecosystem a 'lay of the land' - a better picture of our stakeholders' biggest needs related to STEM education, as well as regional assets that may address those needs.
- 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, Co-Lead Contacts: Justin Touchstone & 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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