California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) Joins 12 Other States to Launch STEMx

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Multi-state network designed to share STEM resources to transform and advance STEM education and workforce development across the United States.

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The need for STEMx could not be more urgent and timely, especially in light of the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) joined Battelle and twelve other state STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) networks to officially launch STEMx at the recent U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit in Dallas, Texas. Led by the Battelle Memorial Institute, STEMx connects state networks and partners to accelerate the growth of policies, practices and partnerships that will expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM education and, ultimately, grow tomorrow’s innovators.

“We are proud to be one of thirteen initial state partners at the launch of STEMx, an effort that will help us meet our goal of preparing STEM-capable graduates to compete in today’s global economy,” said Chris Roe, Chief Executive Officer of CSLNet.

Guided by the principles that diverse multi-sector partnerships significantly enhance the student learning experience and that the greatest power to transform STEM teaching and learning exists at the state-level, STEMx connects states and stakeholders from across K-12 and higher education, business, government, philanthropy and the community to impact STEM education and workforce development.

The Network’s core work of education, engagement and exchange will be propelled by an accessible technology platform enabling states to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education ideas, tools and practices. Through this process, STEMx will amplify innovative and transformative work already underway in California and other member states.

“The need for STEMx could not be more urgent and timely, especially in light of the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards by so many states. STEMx will certainly play a key role in collectively solving problems and driving much needed change,” said Roe.

The STEMx launch began with a marquee talk-show panel featuring Global Cultural Ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as host. In the spirit of the high-tech nature of STEMx, attendees were treated to a ribbon cutting featuring roving and aerial robots programmed by students and faculty from the University of Texas at Dallas. The afternoon concluded with ten breakout sessions on subjects including educational innovation, public policy, public-private partnerships and community engagement. Each session featured a cross-section of representatives from the thirteen initial STEMx member states, showcasing the collaborative work and leadership of STEMx states.

Roe led a session on STEM policy and CSLNet chief educational officer Marcella Klein Williams participated in the panel “It Takes a Village,” highlighting CSLNet’s collaborative partnership to scale high quality STEM programming during afterschool.

Other STEMx member states include Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

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