STEM Learning Ecosystems
New York State is the home of six nationally-recognized STEM Learning Ecosystems. STEM Learning Ecosystems provide the architecture for cross-sector learning, offering all young people access to STEM-rich learning environments so they can develop important skills and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math Pre-K-16. Strong STEM Learning Ecosystems feature dynamic collaborations among schools, out-of-school time programs, STEM expert institutions (such as museums, science centers, institutions of higher education and STEM professional associations), the private sector, community-based organizations, youth, and families.
The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative, launched by the STEM Funders network, has grown to encompass 54 regional Ecosystems that are making a significant impact on STEM education and workforce development. The six STEM Learning Ecosystems in New York are:
New York City STEM Education Network
WNY (Western NY) STEM
North Country STEM Network
On May 30, 2017, Dr. Donna DeSiato and the leaders of the East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) Central School District STEM Learning Ecosystem and the Central New York STEM Hub hosted the NY STEM Learning Ecosystem Forum with New York Commissioner of Education, MaryEllen Elia. Leaders of STEM Learning Ecosystems; STEM Hubs in Central NY, North Country, Western NY, and the Finger Lakes; and partners shared examples of ways in which K-12 and higher education leaders are working with business and industry partners to expand high quality STEM programming for students and professional development opportunities for teachers across the State.