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Spotlight on Ohio’s Existing STEM Ecosystems

Much like any Ecosystem operating in nature, the sum of all parts, the interconnectedness of each species working together, makes the system thrive. 

That is what STEM Learning Ecosystems do for STEM education. Ohio has a robust network of Ecosystems uniquely poised to serve community needs. Ecosystems by design are custom experiences working toward a goal to help alleviate barriers to accessing STEM education and to also enhance STEM learning. Each STEM Ecosystem delivers a similar product, to improve STEM education. However, how each Ecosystem does it demonstrates the power of community partners working together.

Looking at our existing Ecosystems, we can see the myriad ways to learn more about how they improve STEM learning.

STEM Works

STEM learning is a featured component of the efforts led by The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology. This anchoring organization brings together industry and education partners to support STEM learning opportunities throughout the six county region served by the ecosystem. Since 2011, community partnerships have increased STEM learning in the classroom and in the community. The Works is known for its signature STEMfest and Girls STEAM Ahead initiatives, along with a multitude …

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Northeast Ohio STEM Learning Ecosystem

NeoSTEM is dedicated to increasing the visibility and accessibility of STEM professions in northeast Ohio’s underserved students with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. NeoSTEM launched STEM in My Neighborhood, a community-based program to support existing grassroots educational programming and develop new after-school and weekend education opportunities at the neighborhood level. They also developed, “I am STEM,” a community visibility campaign to increase the visibility of the many people of color in …

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Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative

This three-state collaborative serving 4 counties in Ohio has a solid platform for education resources for students and families. With a focus on workforce development and designing STEM talent pipelines to introduce students to careers, GCSC kindles its start with a demonstration project. Today, they have three signature programs, 3d Printers Club, Greenlight for Girls, and STEM Bicycle Club, offering hand-on learning to help boost STEM interest for youth. Along with fostering communities of practice, …

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Powered through a collaboration with the Dayton Regional STEM Center. DO STEM is one of Ohio’s latest ecosystems. Imagine a room full of educators and STEM practitioners collaborating to design curricula for hands-on STEM teaching and learning. Through an application process, experts come together to do just that. From featured events like the Future Fair, bringing hundreds of students and families in one venue, and Science Saturdays, DO STEM uses local access like the Air …

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Appalachian STEM Collaborative

Focused on increasing hope in the region, the Appalachian STEM Collaborative has convened its region through a robust and comprehensive design process. Driven by the Education Service Centers serving Muskingum Valley, East Central Ohio, and Ohio Valley, leaders from around the region are convening to make a real and tangible difference in the future of the region and its students.  After months of dedicated collaboration, more than 100 passionate stakeholders in STEM education came together …

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