State STEM Networks and Partnerships

This blog post is the second in a four-part series of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related posts that align with the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference (April 23-25) and the USA Science & Engineering Festival in DC (April 26-27).

As states consider building and sustaining STEM opportunities for students, establishing STEM partnerships helps states to articulate a vision; provide resources; develop and implement programs; conduct evaluations; and make modifications to sustain and expand students’ STEM exposure and skill development to meet local and national workforce needs.

STEMx is a multistate network that currently includes STEM networks in 18 states and Washington, D.C. The STEMx organization connects state networks and partners, encourages partnerships, engages stakeholders, and provides a user-friendly, publicly accessible platform to share, analyze, and disseminate STEM education tools. The STEMx Tools & Resources page highlights policy, practices, and advocacy resources from its member states, including a STEM Advocacy Kit, STEM Quality Framework and Rubric, and a Do-It-Yourself Guide to STEM Community Engagement.

The STEMx website also contains links to each of the  states’ STEM network websites, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Washington D.C. Each state STEM network has the following basic components: (1) mission, vision, or definition of STEM; (2) information about partners; and (3) information about initiatives or activities. In addition, some of the state STEM network websites have resources for developing partnerships and information on data collection and evaluation activities.

States that are not currently STEMx members could use the STEMx resources and resources from individual state STEM network websites to develop their own STEM networks and partnerships.

Clarisse Haxton is a senior researcher and technical assistance liaison at the College and Career Readiness and Success Center.

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