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AAS National Conference 2008: Victoria Conner


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Session 3: Role of Education in American Competitiveness …

Session 3: Role of Education in American Competitiveness

18 November 2008, Pasadena California

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  • 1. Influencing STEM Progress through Collaboration: Non-Governmental Organization Impact Victoria Conner WIRED Partner, Strategic Vitality November 18, 2008 AAS Conference
  • 2. Nature of the NGO
      • “ Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.”
      • ----Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 3. Introduction
    • STEM Good News
      • Broad understanding that graying U.S. technical workforce soon retiring
      • Broad understanding that public education not the sole solution
      • NGO willingness to help
      • NGOs an asset:
        • Mission-driven
        • Collaboration-oriented
        • Widespread
    • STEM Bad News
      • Current STEM workforce not being replaced by nearly enough new STEM workers
      • Public education not the sole solution
      • STEM work not necessarily presented/perceived as “cool” to potential STEM students
  • 4. Example of NGO STEM Impact
      • STEM Collaborative Action Plan (STEM CAP)* Goal:
      • Develop a collaboration and a strategic action
      • plan to increase the number and support the
      • development of science, technology, engineering and
      • math (STEM) students, teachers, professors and
      • mentors within the California Innovation Corridor and the
      • State of California, leveraging the resources and efforts
      • not only of education and academia (K-20, public and
      • private), but of industry and the informal science network.
      • *STEM CAP one of 25 projects of the California Innovation Corridor U.S. Department of Labor “Workforce Innovations in Reg’l Economic Development – WIRED” initiative managed by the California Space Authority
  • 5. Role CSEWI Has Played in STEM CAP
    • Project oversight/Steering Committee leadership
    • Establishment of Forums, Working Groups, Context
    • Facilitated broad-based coalition: new partnerships across educational segments, other sectors
      • UC President’s Office, Chancellors Offices – CSU/CCC
      • K-12 Office of Public Instruction
      • Career Technical Education, private sector education
      • Industry
      • Informal science
      • Government
    • Engaged sub-contractor linked to CA educ system
    • Designed, edited, publishing final STEM CAP
  • 6. STEM CAP Collaboration and Leverage
    • 500 senior-level volunteers (education/academia/industry/informal science) contributed inkind several million dollars of support
    • NASA EDUCATION FRAMEWORK adopted as STEM CAP Foundation
  • 7. STEM Inventory
    • First statewide public/private STEM inventory in nation: online, user-friendly database of STEM programs in California, searchable by grade level, geographical location, subject, age, student or professional development
  • 8. STEMCAP Recommendations
    • 10 Recommendations reinforcing common foundation based on NASA Framework
      • Inspire
      • Engage
      • Educate
      • Employ
    • Accompanying action items
  • 9. STEMCAP Enhancements
    • White paper: NASA/CSU STEM Collaboration
      • Cal Poly SLO
      • Describes NASA JPL/CSU Summer Teacher Prof’l Development Institute Success Factors
    • Project Lead the Way H.S. Outreach Program
      • El Camino College, leveraged by QuickStart
      • Seven high school PLTW high school programs
  • 10. STEM CAP’s Six Pilots
    • Addressed 7 of 10 SC recommendations
    • Most common recommendations addressed
      • Increasing student interest in STEM disciplines
      • Recruiting/training STEM teachers
    • Pilot project partners diverse stakeholders: K-12 schools/districts/Co offices; higher ed, foundations, community orgs, business, etc.
    • Activities included course/curriculum development, teacher prep/training, development of STEM resources
  • 11. STEM CAP Follow-On: CSEWI’s STEMTRAX
    • Initiative builds on STEM CAP recommendations
    • “STEMTRAX is a facilitated, community-based, sequential, integrated pathway of STEM systemic and external programs and activities, elementary through university, focusing on leading student participants directly to the STEM workforce.”
  • 12. Conclusion
    • NGOs/Others developing great STEM programs supporting inspiration of students, engagement
    • Challenges:
      • STEM education/employment depends on larger strategy, framework to ensure moving through pipeline
      • STEM progress dependent upon education system as well as informal science support
    • Success factors:
      • Ongoing engagement of NGOs in STEM support
      • Engagement of education/academia
      • Leveraging of resources; strategic linkage of efforts
  • 13. STEMTRAX Call to Action
    • California Space Education & Workforce Initiative currently championing STEMTRAX Initiative, seeking sponsorships to support 3-5 pilots in northern, southern and central California (space-strategic areas)