What is a STEM Network?
A STEM Network is an action-oriented partnership of multiple organizations within a defined geographic area, working in concert toward the common goal of student success in STEM. This community-based strategy engages schools, nonprofits, businesses, and others to drive innovation and improvements in STEM teaching and learning at a systems level.
Why a STEM Network?
While teachers are the number one driver of student academic performance, teachers cannot do it alone. We must leverage all the assets of a community to support the effectiveness of teachers and the success of students. The STEM business community is a key partner is improving STEM education for our students.
Previous efforts to improve student learning outcomes in STEM have fallen short for many reasons, including a lack of agreed upon goals, the inability to overcome barriers, or because certain groups were not at the table. Bringing key stakeholders together into a STEM Network represents an opportunity to mitigate such risks and reach a tipping point for system change.
What the West Sound Network is doing:
- Working cooperatively and collaboratively to strengthen the implementation of STEM innovations
- Leveraging efforts to garner more resources
- Generating priorities and consolidating initiatives
- Providing a two-way communication conduit.
- Responding to emerging needs and adapting to changes
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- Increase STEM literacy for all students, including those who do not pursue STEM-related careers or additional study in the STEM disciplines.
- Expand the STEM-capable workforce and broaden the participation of women and minorities in that workforce.
- Expand the number of students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields and broaden the participation of women.