The Regional STEM Networks coordinate partners representing K-12 and Higher Education, business, industry, public libraries, after-school providers, non-profits, government, and philanthropy to identify and scale up high-quality STEM programs that will prepare students for Nevada’s 21st century workforce. The goals of the three Regional STEM Networks are to:
- Increase the number and quality of formal and informal STEM-focused education programs in all communities in Nevada.
- Increase student awareness, interest, enrollment, and achievement in formal and informal STEM-focused education programs.
- Grow the number and depth of school-business-community STEM partnerships.
- Identify on-the-ground programmatic gaps or implementation challenges in need of a state-level solution.
- Grow interest, awareness, and achievement in STEM in the region.
- Carry out on-the-ground implementation of state-level programs/goals.
- Identify and build local programs and initiatives worthy of scaling statewide.
- Create and facilitate partnerships and the sharing of resources among K-12, higher education, and business/industry within the region.
Envirolution was awarded $8,182 to scale up their Career Quest program. Envirolution will use funds to recruit, train, and prepare materials for STEAM industry partners to develop presentations about their field and company. Presentations will be used with students during the school day, and may accompany in-person tours of the company when possible.
Incline Education Fund was awarded $17,189 for Incline Elementary School’s new makerspace class. Funds will be used for robotics and STEM materials. The makerspace class, taught by a computer science trained teacher, will be a specials class that all students at the school attend to learn computer science and complete hands-on STEM activities that enhance learning happening in the general classrooms. The project aims to increase middle school enrollment in STEM electives, particularly for those students from groups typically underrepresented in STEM.
Northern Nevada Electrical Joint Apprentice Training Committee (NNEJATC) was awarded $16,125 for a new Drone Technology Program. This program will enhance an existing construction credentialling program, making participants more marketable and prepared for the evolving industry. Funds will be used to develop the program curriculum, purchase drone equipment, and print student materials.
Board of Regents, on behalf of the University of Nevada, Reno was awarded $8,000 to provide stipends and materials to teachers piloting the Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire curriculum. The curriculum has been developed by Living with Fire for high school biology, earth, environmental, and agricultural courses. Teachers will review the curriculum, make needed adjustments for their particular student population, and pilot the curriculum.