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Host a Community STEM Event

Host a Community STEM Event

WHY STEM COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT?

In order to build a sustainable STEM education program where you live, the entire community must have an opportunity to participate.  GEN READY encourages your organization to host a community STEM engagement meeting to design creative "local" solutions for increasing STEM interest and achievement.  Strong STEM community features collaborations among schools, out-of-school time programs, STEM expert institutions (such as museums, science centers, institutions of higher education and STEM professional associations), the private sector, community-based organizations, youth and families.  This design provides a roadmap for cross-sector learning - offering MORE young people access to STEM-rich learning environments throughout PK-16.

Find an opportunity to your community to gather a diverse group of community members to plan, design, and create innovative changes in how we teach and learn.  After all, education is everyone's responsibility.

A suggested process:

  • Listen
    • Work with community to learn where needs and interests align
  • Identify
    • Build from existing  strengths & partners to fill gaps
  • Collaborate
    • Apply best practices to strategically plan opportunities
  • Communicate
    • Share opportunities, resources and results with community

GEN READY Guiding Principles:

  • Community–wide empowerment with common vision & resources
  • Accessibility to relevant, project-based STEM learning for ALL students
  • Ongoing professional development, support & resources for traditional educators and out-of-school time providers
  • STEM learning reinforced inside /outside of school
  • Shared communication of opportunities and measurement of outcomes
  • Workforce aligned and user-friendly career pathways
  • Business & industry engaged in multiple, meaningful ways
  • Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System
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