STEM Learning Ecosystems provide the architecture for cross-sector learning, offering all young people access to STEM-rich learning environments so they can develop important skills and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math throughout preK-16.
Strong STEM Learning Ecosystems feature dynamic 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.
The Carbon, Schuylkill, Luzerne STEM Ecosystem developed around the STEM learning initiatives at the SHINE afterschool program.
SHINE's approach to STEM education has been highlighted in numerous state and national publications as a model for program development.
Why Focus on STEM?
STEM employment in the United States continues to grow at a faster pace than employment in other occupations, and STEM workers command higher wages than their non-STEM counterparts.
STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.*
*US Dept. of Commerce 2017
STEM Jobs Update
National Recognition for SHINE's STEM Initiatives
[The SHINE model] succeeds by providing students with access to STEM
educators, laboratories, and equipment. In the middle- and high-school programs, students complete six 6-week career projects on topics such as environmental science, car design, and robotics.
Strong relationships with business and industry allow these partners to contribute to curriculum, host student projects, and serve as guest lecturers.
As a result, students not only expand their STEM knowledge but also gain exposure to college and career pathways in STEM fields.
*STEM Ready America: Inspiring and Preparing Students for Success
with Afterschool and Summer Learning