The STEM Ecosystems Initiative is built on more than a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, and seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people.
Launched in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative, the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative forms a national community of practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, leaders from business and industry and others.
The more than 90 communities selected from across the world compose a global Community of Practice and have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective pre-K-16 instruction in STEM learning.
The University of Pittsburgh's BE STEM Center was founded in 2019 to build a national alliance of pre-college STEM programs, a local network to support Pitt’s minoritized STEM students and increase equity and participation initiatives at the University.
In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) program to help address national challenges in broadening STEM participation.
To make steady progress in efforts to broaden participation, NSF INCLUDES champions innovative approaches in scaling evidence-based best practices (James and Singer, 2016).
The NSF INCLUDES National Network, a national movement to broaden participation in STEM with representation in every state and diverse STEM disciplines, is composed of partners from a wide range of organizations, including higher education, K-12, industry, government, non-profits, and research organizations.
The NSF INCLUDES National Network, through its expansive collaborative infrastructure, is uniquely positioned to accelerate the scaling of identified, evidence-based broadening participation strategies.
This NSF INCLUDES Alliance is funded by NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in discoveries and innovations by focusing on diversity, inclusion and broadening participation in STEM at scale. It is also co-funded by the NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program and the Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program (AISL).