NV Regional STEM Networks
Regional STEM Networks
In order to increase student, school, family, and business engagement in STEM in diverse communities throughout Nevada, OSIT has created three regional STEM Networks. OSIT has partnered with the Desert Research Institute to manage the Networks. Networks in Southern, Northwestern, and Rural Nevada will 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. A Network Director has been appointed to oversee these efforts in the three regions.
Each Regional Network will organize an Advisory Committee made up of STEM stakeholders living in the region to develop strategic plans to advance STEM education in the region. Network Advisory Committees will work with their Network Directors to award small grants to promote STEM or fund the creation or expansion of high-quality STEM programs. Regional Advisory Committees will meet regularly and meetings are open to the public.
The overarching 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.
The three Regional STEM Networks will also:
- 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.
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