Matt Flowers reports in the Courier-Press that the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance, a STEM program of the Delran Township School District, and the South Jersey STEM and Innovation Center were selected for the National Meeting on Reinventing STEM Education for Children, a national initiative designed to guide the future education of pre-school to college students by making them aware of STEM class offerings and making the ones already available better.
By working with the communities, or "ecosystems" led by afterschool providers, universities, and business leaders in the state, educators from each program hope to develop a plan of action and find the best way to tackle STEM education.
The STEM learning initiative, which New Jersey is now joining, was launched at a White House event in November 2015.
Liberty STEM Alliance in Hudson County and The STEAM Coalition in Newark were also given a grant and chosen for the initiative. The four New Jersey groups will join 36 other programs from other parts of the country for the meeting held in Denver on October 17 and 18.
"We are proud to sponsor New Jersey's delegation so we can learn what's going on around the nation, bring it home and make it work here," Laura Overdeck, Founder and President of Bedtime Math, Chair of the Overdeck Family Foundation and volunteer Chair of the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network said in a press release announcing the news.
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) will be guiding the four groups, providing free assistance, to prepare students for graduating and succeeding in a STEM discipline. TIES is a national organization that manages the other 36 STEM programs which are based in California, Ohio, and North Carolina.
The goal of the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network is to engage students and prevent them from falling behind in a growing workforce. Alan Guenther, spokesman for the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. says more than 200,000 STEM jobs will be filled by 2025.
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