2 years, 10 months ago adamsmarydmjkParticipant
Hi, STEM Ecosystem Partners:
Several P&G employees in the UK, United Kingdom, have pointed us to this website:
The platform connects school students and citizens that want to be involved in STEM. It’s apparently backed by the UK government and also helps with practical things like security clearances and tracking hours, etc.
Please, does anyone know if such a platform exists in the USA? We’ll be happy to hear from you if so,
Mary Adams (email@example.com) and
Uday Sheth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and P&G2 years, 10 months ago kkinsman66Participant
For awhile, there was an amazing program engaging retired STEM professionals in classrooms & out of school time STEM programming that was out of Northeastern University and the brainchild of Dr. Christos Zahopoulos (https://web.northeastern.edu/reseed/). For some time, they had funding. I haven’t seen anything since a year or two ago, so I’m suspicious that perhaps they had to scale way back or stop altogether if the funding stream ended. RE-SEED was very well designed and provided a lot of support to the volunteers in the form of training as well as curricula for activities. However, it did rely on retirees and was not designed to engage currently practicing professionals.
I took a look at the website from the STEM Ambassador program in the UK and am super impressed at its scope & depth. Even more impressed by the fact that it is government supported which, of course, provides them with the significant resources that would be required to pull something like that off in a large scale way over an extended period of time.
We have a very, very, very small and somewhat different platform available in New Mexico as part of the NM STEM-H Connection website. We host a People Database where STEM professionals and educators can create an account, list their expertise as well as areas in which they have interest in volunteering in any number of capacities, and is searchable so others can go in a look for a match (ex: a teacher looking for a classroom presentation…). The major drawbacks to the system are that folks have to register themselves, there’s no formal program (like the UK one has) for induction/preparation to serve, and we have absolutely no funding at the moment to do anything but keep the site hosted. To grow it and make it something closer to what the UK is doing, we would have to find funding to support the necessary infrastructure/human resources. Something similar to the STEM Ambassadors program is what my original “dream vision” was for that part of the website, but alas, we were not able to secure the level of funding necessary to accomplish the amount of development, coding, and program capacity building to make it what it could be.
If anyone’s interested in talking about how we might figure something like the UK system out in the US Southwest building on existing models already started but needing new life (!!) and you have thoughts about funding sources, I’d certainly be open to chatting further.2 years, 10 months ago paulaParticipant
Thanks for sharing this resource, Mary, there are really good tools on here!
When I worked at the Society for Neuroscience, a membership organization of neuroscientists, we had one to connect scientists to teachers — the main issue was that we had tons of scientists signed up and no teachers! 🙂
email@example.com years, 10 months ago firstname.lastname@example.orgParticipant
US 2020 supports STEM mentoring programs nation-wide and a platform for connecting/ finding mentors by zipcode. They offer this platform and supports to starting a region-focused program. We have one here (STEM Mentors Silicon Valley) run by one of our community colleges. It appears that their website is down at the moment but check back at https://us2020.org
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