US2020, a nationwide network of more than 350 organizations to advance the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, chose the DC STEM Network as one of 15 finalists for the STEM Coalition Challenge!  Ninety-two partner networks, working to advance STEM mentoring and learning to underrepresented students, competed. The finalists will compete for $1-million in resources to implement their innovative approaches to STEM teaching and learning.

The 92 applications came from 82 communities across 35 states, including partnerships comprised of 1,800 nonprofits, companies, school districts, and local governments. The 15 finalists were evaluated on “their potential for impact, approach to partnership building, creative engagement strategies, and sustainability planning.”

The DC STEM Network’s mission is to unite community partners in a sustainable collective effort to design, guide, and advocate for transformative STEM learning opportunities for all D.C. students. Through the STEM Coalition Challenge, the Network is looking forward to building a community-driven strategy around maker-centered learning in the District.

The finalists will gather January 31, 2018, for the STEM Collaboratory, a two-day workshop in Pittsburgh, PA. STEM experts and creative community builders will join them and allow the finalists to refine their strategies.

The up to $1 million in prize value will be shared across winners and can include the following:  $50,000 cash prize; full-time staff placement in select locations; access to US2020’s dynamic volunteer matching platform; national visibility and communications opportunities with US2020 and its partners; measurement and evaluation tools and support; management consulting services from US2020 and external partners; and membership in the US2020 Learning Network and national Community of Practice.

Marlena Jones, Acting Director of CASE and the leader of the DC STEM Network remarked, “We are very honored to have been chosen as one of only 15 finalists in the STEM Coalition Challenge competition. This honor is a testament to the hard work and innovation of our community partners—including educators, schools, colleges, out-of-school-time providers, and other STEM-centric organizations—that participate in this important work to prepare underserved students for meaningful careers in STEM.”


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