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NYC Selected for National STEM Ecosystems Initiative

Saskia Traill

Saskia Traill is TASC's Vice President for Policy and Research.

The STEM Funders Network announced today that New York City is one of 27 communities selected as part of a national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. Built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, the initiative seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people.

New York City’s selection is a demonstration of our collective progress in developing a strong STEM community. Throughout the city, schools, community organizations, higher education institutions, business partners, parents, science museums and other STEM-rich partners are working together to ensure that all of New York’s young people can immerse themselves in STEM.

Through the NYC STEM Education Network, facilitated by TASC and the Kelley Collaborative, STEM leaders have developed cross-sector collaborations, such as the STEM Educators Academy, to address critical needs in boosting young people’s engagement and interest in science, their science identity and their acquisition of scientific practices and engineering design, both in- and out-of-school.

The 27 communities will become the initial cohort of a national Community of Practice. The first gathering of this Community of Practice will be hosted at the White House in November. We are proud that New York City was selected and ready for the planning and collaboration ahead.

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