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.
Nevada Math was awarded $28,550.00 to develop and implement a new program, Math Club in a Bag. This funding will be used to create ready-to-use, challenge-based elementary mathematics after-school club curriculum. Nevada Math staff will create the curriculum and put together materials kits that can be shipped to teachers hosting a club at their school. Mathematicians at the University of Nevada, Reno will vet the curriculum for content accuracy and identify potential misconceptions. The curriculum will also highlight relevant careers in mathematics fields, and the kits will be piloted at Coral Academy in Reno.
Desert Research Institute (DRI) Nevada Robotics was awarded $21,450.00 to expand their existing Mentoring Educators Teaching Robotics & Innovation in Computer Science (METRICS) program into C.C Meneley Elementary and Minden Elementary. Staff at these schools will be trained in computer science and integrating robotics into the curriculum. The schools will receive robotics kits, as well as ongoing support from DRI as they implement computer science and robotics.