This year, Bizgenics Foundation Chairman Steve Sue joined 34 STEM practitioners from around the country on the Executive Advisory Committee of STEM Ecosystems Community of Practice. Over the course of the year, meetings were convened in New Orleans, Cleveland and online to think forward promising STEM Ecosystem practices. Governance structures, funding models, partnering models, convening styles, STEM programming and evaluation methodologies were considered to better meet the needs of regional participants from across the United States and several foreign country regions.
What became apparent was that most ecosystems are highly unique in that STEM education is a reflection of employer workforce skill demands. Further, educational approaches paired varied from highly traditional approaches to nouveau project-based learning models. such findings underscore the need to avoid one-size-fits-all solutions and the fostering of a deep understanding of what drives ecosystem demands. Many regional partnerships evolved as a result of getting to know others’ regional challenges and needs.
Also joining STEM Ecosystems at the Fall Convening in Cleveland, OH was Bizgenics Foundation’s COO Tim Caminos who helped Steve present “Transforming Education Through Technology”, a roundtable session attended by 70 STEM Ecosystems members from around the country and beyond.