The purpose of this blog is to explore Louisiana's strategy and capacity for advancing STEM education, careers, and workforce for all. Louisiana has its own array of STEM assets, strengths and approaches in place - thus this site is designed to discover these strategies and activities. Not just a PK12 issue - all stakeholders, higher education, workforce development, economic development, business & industry, are welcome to participate. Hopefully the site will pose and answer questions that will ultimately help guide and focus diverse partners in this effort.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Building a strong, more diverse workforce begins with collaboration

This recent article in the Baton Rouge Advocate provides a shining example of what our state will need to build a growing economy – kids interested in STEM.  Camp Quest, a week-long summer STEM camp held last week, has many elements of what the Noyce Foundation would label a STEM ecosystem.  STEM learning ecosystems, a new term used to describe formal and informal education collaborations, “encompasses schools, community settings such as after-school and summer programs, science centers and museums, and informal experiences at home and in a variety of environments that together constitute a rich array of learning opportunities for young people.”  This unique collaboration between faith-based community, STEM-related business and organizations, as well as teachers from the community provided inquiry-based programming and field trips that not only sparked interest in STEM careers but also reinforced positive relationships all around.

Organizations such as Solvay and the Interdenominational Faith Assembly should be applauded for sponsoring this effort, as well as volunteer teachers, LIGO, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center for participating.  

Link to article: Camp Quest gives kids exposure to science, math fields: A Quest for Learning (July 1, 2014), Kyle Peveto and photos by Hilary Scheinuk

Noyce Foundation white paper: How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning (February, 2014),  Kathleen Traphagen and Saskia Traill.

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