The STEM Funders Network (SFN) announced today that Providence, RI/PASA is one of the 27 communities selected to pilot the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. This project, built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people. PASA’s selection ion is a demonstration of their existing progress in developing a strong STEM community and recognition of the commitment to continue this work.
The 27 communities comprising the initial cohort of a national Community of Practice have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective preK-16 instruction in STEM learning in schools and beyond the classroom—in after school and summer programs, at home, in science centers, libraries and other places both virtual and physical— that sparks young people’s engagement, develops their knowledge, strengthens their persistence and nurtures their sense of identity and belonging in the STEM disciplines. As these STEM Ecosystems evolve, a student will be able to connect what they learn in and out of school with real-world learning opportunities, leading to STEM related careers and opportunities.
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PASA wants to extend a special thank you to Gerald Solomon, executive director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, executive director, Noyce Foundation for this honor and PASA is thrilled to be a part of this exciting STEM community.