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;
- STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP)
- Idaho STEM Ecosystem information on SLECoP website
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.
UPDATE on Upcoming Convening
Due to COVID-related public health concerns, Idaho STEM Action Center has decided to postpone the in-person Statewide Convening in eastern Idaho on October 14-15. More...
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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
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!
April 16, 2021 Spring Convening Recording
Idaho EcosySTEM Convening Documents
- April 16, 2021 Agenda
- April 16, 2021 New Member Orientation
- April 16, 2021 Morning Presentation
- April 16, 2021 Afternoon Presentation
- April 16, 2021 James Brown, STEM Education Coalition Presentation
- April 16, 2021 Regions 1 and 2 Presentation
- April 16, 2021 Regions 4, 5, and 6 Presentation
- April 16, 2021 Access and Opportunities Presentation
- April 16, 2021 Success Stories - TMC Project Presentation
- April 16, 2021 Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and American Indian Services Presentation
- April 16, 2021: Idaho EcosySTEM Convening Notes
October 30, 2020 Invitation to attend Convening
Idaho EcosySTEM Convening Documents
- October 30, 2020 Agenda
- October 30, 2020 Partners in Action
- October 30, 2020 New Member Orientation
- October 30, 2020 Morning Session Presentation
- October 30, 2020 Afternoon Session Presentation
- October 30, 2020 Happy Hour Presentation
- October 30, 2020 Meeting Notes
- SMARTIE Goal Worksheet (docx)
- Post Convening Survey
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: 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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