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.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas was awarded $26,885.00 to expand their existing Robotics Mentoring Program. Funding will be used to scale up training and dispatch University student mentors to high schools in the Clark County School District. The Robotics Mentoring Program's long term impact is targeted at building and sustaining robotics mentorship capacity in Nevada to allow for more students, both in higher education as well as in grades 9-12, to participate in high-quality STEM experiences.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas was awarded $25,491.00 to expand their existing Teaching Science as Social Justice Using an Identity Framework program. This project will deliver equity in STEM workshop series for science and STEM teachers in Clark County School District. The goal of the equity in STEM workshops is to enhance professional development offerings in Clark County, serving a larger number of teachers and therefore, impacting a greater number of students. The equity in STEM workshops will provide teachers with tools to better support STEM identity development in students, with the likelihood of increased enrollment and interest in STEM education and careers.