Exploring STEM Municipal Conversations

What does STEM mean to your community?

Thanks to a grant from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, OregonASK worked with regional STEM Hubs and community STEM partners to host discussions about the importance and impact of Science, image001Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) on our communities. OregonASK is excited to be continuing our partnership with NLC as we increase awareness and share resources to help these communities find strategies for building a mutually beneficial system to support local economic vitality and informal STEM learning

It was a pleasure to travel the state and hear more about all of the amazing programs and partnerships working to improve access to STEM learning! You can read our NLC Summary Report, see the map of Municipal Summits and find additional resources and highlights below. Mark Lewis, STEM & CTE Policy Advisor for the Chief Education Office, was able to attend the events to share about the state’s STEM Strategic Plan and how the vision of STEM going forward should be a community collaboration. You can view the Executive Summary of the STEM Strategic Plan and take a look at the Summary Strategy Chart to see how you might be able to support STEM Learning in your community.

Each community brought together a diverse group of community leaders and STEM partners to contribute to conversation, share questions, and identify strategies for building an aligned system of support that would engage all stakeholders in supporting STEM learning. We heard from US Congresspeople, State Senators & Representatives, Mayors, City Council, County Commissioners, Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Boards, Industry Partners, Higher Education, K-12 Administrators, Formal & Informal Educators, Community Based STEM Programs, Libraries, Education & Community Foundations, and Students.

Exploring STEM Washington County Breakfast in Hillsboro

We partnered with Washington County Kids to host the breakfast at Hillsboro Public Library on August 24th and had over 50 community partners in attendance, including mayors from four Washington County cities and US Congresswomen Bonamici. Representatives from Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Business Education Compact (BEC), Impact NW, and Hillsboro School District shared about current partnerships they have to provide more informal STEM learning opportunities for youth in Washington County. We also had the pleasure of hearing from several students who have taken advantage of opportunities through Adelante Mujeres and Centro Cultural. You may contact Katie Riley at katie@katieriley.org for more information about Washington County Kids. Event Agenda and Washington County Informational Sheet

Umpqua Valley STEAM Luncheon September 15th in Roseburg

We partnered with the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub to host lunch at the Ford Family Foundation, gathering over 35 participants from around Douglas County. Participants included school administrators from the far corners of the county, as well as mayors, informal STEM partners and local foundation representatives who were able to hear more about local industry needs and current opportunities. Contact Grace Goodson for more information about ongoing regional STEM Hub efforts. You can also download the Power Point from the lunch by Clicking HERE.

Klamath Basin Celebration September 16th in Klamath Falls

Our Klamath region celebration, in partnership with Klamath Promise, focused on the connectivity of regional efforts in supporting youth in the area. Representatives from the local school districts, post-secondary institutions and numerous community partners contributed to the rich conversation around existing partners expanding access to more hands-on experiences for more youth in the region. Student panelists added a personal perspective about local programs offered and potential opportunities to expand there reach. Klamath Agenda

Central Oregon STEM Luncheon Agenda September 19th in Redmond

Our convening in Central Oregon drew a high concentration of informal partners, as well as several key elected officials. State Representative Whisnant posed a question about the role of community partners in implementation of the STEM Strategic Plan, creating a great opportunitiy to highlight much of the work happening in pockets around the region and state, as well as showcasing the importance of providing informal STEM as a comprehensive system of support for youth. Participant feedback showed that the highlight of local partnerships and upcoming opportunities was one of the major benefits for those who attended. Several also shared their appreciation for the Strategic Plan overview and discussion time. From our own perspecitve, this region also did a great job including a wide-breadth of stakeholders, from industry to K-12 to workforce to community partners. You may contact Whitney Swander for more information about local opportunities. Event Agenda and Power Point

Willamette Valley Breakfast Agenda September 22nd in Salem

The event held in Salem showcased local partnerships, particularly the industry, district and city collaborative approach to building a state of the art Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). The million dollar facility is currently utilized primarily by Salem-Keizer School District and is looking forward to expanding its reach while also promoting development of similar buildings/partnerships in other areas of the state. Participants were also excited to hear about the STEM Strategic Plan and how implementation would become part of the work they are already engaged in. Willamette Valley Agenda

Eastern Oregon Lunch Agenda October 5th in LaGrande

In partnership with the Greater Oregon STEM Hub (GO STEM), our Eastern Oregon convening brought together over 45 regional representatives from 5 different counties, talking about how local efforts can be supported and spread through the work of the STEM Hub. Participants were given time to discuss at tables, reflecting on their own needs and roles in further implementation of regional STEM efforts to support community wide engagment.

Southern Oregon STEM & CTE Lunch October 10th in Medford

On October 10th, Southern Oregon Success and Southern Oregon STEM Hub brought together 70 regional STEM & CTE partners, local elected officials and industry representatives to talk about coordinated efforts. Attendees were given a breadth of information about region-wide STEM, CTE, workforce and educational efforts, including local highlights of programs. Most participants showed up with some knowledge of the work happening locally, but all left with the specific ask of being more engaged in supporting these coordinated efforts.

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