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Acting on recommendations of top national education experts, the federal government Tuesday issued the “Charting A Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education,” listing participation of all Americans in STEM ecosystems as a top priority.

The plan, announced Tuesday at the White House, says STEM ecosystems are pathways for improving STEM literacy, ensuring a strong workforce and global competitiveness for all, and an important means to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in a thriving STEM workforce.

Today is National STEM Day (and National Day of Design) - a day reserved to encourage kids and individuals of all ages to identify their passions in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. With occupations related to STEM expected to grow 70 percent faster than other occupations, educators and community volunteers are encouraging students take an interest in these subjects at any age. Celebrate with us by practicing your STEM skills with a project, spreading news of STEM activities, and becoming a partner.

Tuesday, September 18th, EBR Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) and local business and industry partnered for a successful Career and Technology Day. The event served 10th grade students from the following high schools: Broadmoor, Tara, Scotlandville, Belaire, Glen Oaks, McKinley, Woodlawn, Istrouma & CTEC. One parent even made the trip independently to bring his two children to the event.

Local business owners and guest speakers came out in full force to support CTEC. This school and its instructors are dedicated to providing students with applicable knowledge and certifications for fields such as CNA, EMT, HVAC and IT. Their goal? To make sure students are prepared for high-wage high-demand fields &/or earn dual enrolled courses leading to an associates in tech fields. Not only are students certified upon graduation, they are in prime position for employment immediately upon graduating from CTEC!

Knock Knock invites PreK-3 grade teachers and administrators to the museum for a free night of exploration with a little making and tinkering. Participating teachers and administrators will get an overview of Knock Knock Children’s Museum plus participate in activities in the Art Garden and Knock Knock Maker Shop.

A program that's already seen success in East Baton Rouge Parish is expanding. The goal is to give high school students a head start in landing quality careers.

The faces of future leaders are getting a golden chance to learn about science and engineering in the workplace while still in high school.

“The National Science Foundation says that this year, we're going to have a million unfilled jobs, a million unfilled jobs in STEM related careers,” said Congressman Garret Graves.

Graves had a strong message at the launch for GEN READY, an initiative focusing on increasing knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program, originally called the BR STEM Network, will now expand to ten other parishes. It will also create more partnerships with businesses and industry leaders.

“A dream is hollow, it's only an idea if we don't actually have the capacity, the content, the skills to fulfill it,” said Graves.

For many young students, those dreams and hopes are becoming a reality.

Business and Education Leaders to Launch GEN READY, A Capital Area STEM Collaborative TODAY

Every year middle school girls from across Baton Rouge and beyond come together at the Baton Rouge Community College to learn about technology careers, meet industry professionals, and participate in highly engaging hands-on digital workshops. STEMup BR (Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System) and LaWIT (Louisiana Women in Technology) were proud to to host this year's IT Girls for its 5th year in a row.

The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System is seeking proposals from educators in elementary, middle and high schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System to implement high-quality, innovative STEM programs.

Funding to support projects in classrooms, across grade levels or even school-wide is available through a generous grant from ExxonMobil. Grants will be made available to classroom teachers or to schools. Grant awards may range from $250-$10,000 per project. Projects must be innovative and have potential for replication in other schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Projects should focus on increasing student interest and engagement in STEM.

Libby Witte, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving the Foundation's STEMup BR mentoring program recently won second place in the National Corporation for Community Service video competition.

This month the Superintendent looks to the future of the district and will present his vision for an innovative quality public education system. The renewal of the 10 year sales tax presents a fresh perspective on a variety of topics such as the strategic plan, budget, ESSA, attendance zones, and programming. Superintendent Drake will give a detailed description of the next steps for The East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

The purpose of the STEM Teaching Fellows is to establish and support a cadre of “STEM Teaching Fellows” who, armed with content knowledge, innovative teaching strategies, and an entrepreneurial spirit, can support their colleagues and transform EBRPSS schools into institutions of innovative STEM teaching and learning. The STEM Teaching Fellows program features year-round professional development tailored to the needs and interests of the participants and collaborative resource-building and sharing activities.

Applications being accepted through May 11.

Our AmeriCorps VISTAs continue to be an invaluable asset to the work we do in our STEM mentoring programs. Currently, we have openings for our Summer Associate program, as well as year-long service members.

Baton Rouge Celebrates Engineering! Engineers Week is a time for everyone to celebrate and wonder what the next big innovation will be. It’s also a great opportunity for volunteers and educators to inspire students by engaging them in hands-on engineering outreach. Show them that their school subjects can help solve real problems. And, of course, encourage them to wonder, "Is engineering my future?"

STEM is Alive and Well in the BRCVPA Library

"At recess, the library at the EBR Center for Visual and Performing Arts is jam-packed with kids. We have an open library and students come to work with robots or read or just be on their Chromebooks. It's important to me that they feel the library is THEIR space. It's a little different than the normal classroom, but I think it's my job to promote the importance of libraries and make it a place where they want to be, and to promote life-long learning. They can see this is a place where you can not just read but learn about all different kinds of things throughout your whole life."

The STEM Fellows is a project of the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System made possible by a generous grant from Capital One. The purpose of the initiative is to establish and support a cadre of “STEM Teaching Fellows” who, armed with content knowledge, innovative teaching strategies, and an entrepreneurial spirit, can support their colleagues and transform EBRPSS schools into institutions of innovative STEM teaching and learning. Currently, fifteen educators in East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System are named STEM Teaching Fellows.

As demonstrated at the Foundation-sponsored "Tech the Halls" elementary robotics challenge held in January, it's never to early to discover a passion for STEM and programing. The goal of the the robotics pilot program was to provide novice elementary educators with a support network for learning how to teach real-world problem solving and valuable STEM skills through LEGO robotics. At the end of the six-month pilot, an Expo was held in January where student teams across the city who worked on the “community-in-need” design challenge showcased their solutions and constructed "on-the-spot" a motorized model of their solution.

January is National Mentoring Month, STEM Mentoring for us! All it takes are youth and caring mentors sharing STEM experiences with one another. Our statistics since July 2017 to-date: VOLUNTEERS: 141 @ 1040 hours | STUDENTS SERVED: 1152

BR STEM Network Design Studio II: Sustainability by Design
A half-day process to initiate and further enhance the network strategy.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Louisiana Tech Park
7117 Florida Boulevard

  • Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System
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