AUSTIN, TX |
One year ago, STEM education leaders from 13 different states formed a new partnership where they could share innovations and coordinate sustained action across the country. Today, Georgia and Indiana became the fifth and sixth states to join the STEMx™
network in the past year. This announcement caps a year of development and growth for the network, which now includes more than a third of the nation’s states.
“Every day, leaders in business, education and government are searching for ways to bring more great STEM teaching into their communities,” said Margaret Ashida, Director of STEMx. “The STEMx network empowers them with the creativity, knowledge and experience of their colleagues across the country.”
The STEMx network offers a new kind of STEM partnership - by the states, for the states. The advocates and leaders in the STEMx network share and spread proven, local solutions to help solve national challenges. They work together on issues like STEM education policy, teaching practice, innovation in the classroom and after-school, communications and advocacy. The network is operated by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle.
“The growth of STEM teaching and learning offers America a competitive advantage in the global economy and the vibrant STEMx network will play an essential role in fostering and spreading educational innovation,” said Eric Fingerhut, Vice President of Education and STEM Learning at Battelle.
TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed)
, the charitable organization established by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), is dedicated to preparing the next-generation workforce by uniting TAG resources with leading STEM education initiatives. For the past 11 years, TAG-Ed has offered a variety of hands-on technology programs to engage students in STEM learning in order to provide a glimpse into the exciting opportunities technology careers provide.
“We are excited to join STEMx to learn how other states are addressing the shortfall of qualified technology workers,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “There are over 4000 unfilled jobs in Georgia’s technology sector, and this number will only grow unless we can foster student interest in STEM to increase our tech ready workforce. By joining STEMx, we hope to strengthen our efforts as well as contribute to the network’s thought leadership.”
Started in 2006 as a collaboration among 18 institutions of higher education in 10 regions throughout Indiana, the I-STEM Resource Network
is a partnership of public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and government. I-STEM works to support K–12 teachers and leaders working to implement high academic standards towards STEM literacy for all students.
“Indiana is pleased to be able to join STEMx to share best practices with other STEMx members” said Paul Ainslie, Managing Director of the I-STEM Resource Network. “I-STEM, The Indiana Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, and Purdue University look forward to working with STEMx as we focus on improving the career and college readiness of Indiana’s graduates.”
STEMx Network Collaborators
The STEMx network is also publicly releasing a suite of tools to advance STEM education through a workshop series at this year’s U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit called The STEMxTM Difference: Local Innovation. State Leadership. National Impact. The STEMx tools will include resources from member states that can be adapted to any state or region to best serve the local needs. The network is also partnering with member organization Washington STEM and Social27 to develop a virtual extension of its conference track, including a “simulcast” on July 11 at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT which will feature video highlights of each session, associated resources and online engagement with STEMx leaders from across the country.
About STEMx and BattelleEd
Launched at the 2012 U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit, STEMx is a nationwide coalition of state STEM networks that provides a platform to share and spread practices to:
Increase student achievement in STEM by amplifying and scaling high-quality, rigorous and inspiring STEM experiences;
>Expand the capacity, number and diversity of high-quality STEM educators; and
Mobilize states and communities to advocate for STEM.
STEMx is managed by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle (www.battelle.org) which builds and manages STEM innovations and networks.
As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.5 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories, which Battelle manages or co- manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a nuclear energy lab in the United Kingdom.
Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.