Press Release - MiSTEM Network

Posted by Kevin St. Onge on 2/10/2021

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

CONTACT: Beata Kica
517-614-9773

New STEM education resources prepare students for high-demand, high-wage careers

MiSTEM highlights priorities, shares education resources

LANSING, Mich.– Efforts to transform the culture of STEM in Michigan and drive STEM infrastructure to prepare students for our evolving, high-skilled workforce are underway with MiSTEM. The MiSTEM Council released their Annual Report, highlighting goals for 2021 to create a vibrant STEM ecosystem that ultimately leads to more engaged students and a stronger Michigan workforce. COVID-19 online STEM education resources are also available to help navigate educating in the time of COVID-19.

With these actions, MiSTEM continues to realize its vision for Michigan as a home to innovators who create more inclusive and prosperous businesses and communities.

“The MiSTEM Network has successfully built diverse partnerships across the state and made tremendous progress toward expanding STEM opportunities,” said Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Acting Director Susan Corbin. “When more students have access to STEM curriculum, they gain the skills needed for high-demand, high-skilled careers of the future.”

2020 MiSTEM Council Annual Report

The MiSTEM Council released their 2020 Annual Report highlighting the continuous work done by the network and their collaborators to build and increase the infrastructure to empower educators and integrate business and education, creating high-quality STEM experiences in communities across Michigan. The report also establishes priorities for 2021, which include building partnerships to continue strengthening the reach of the network, addressing disparities across the system, providing tools for STEM educators and districts, awarding grant funds to support computer science and empowering STEM teachers.

COVID-19 Online STEM Education Resources

The MiSTEM grant supported consortia also launched resources to support PreK – 12 students, families, teachers and professional learning facilitators as they navigate educating in the time of COVID-19. Some of these resources include:

  • Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative: Three pandemic-proof, project-based challenges for use in regions served by GLSI hubs and, with qualification, in MiSTEM regions that participate in the GLSI Consortium.
  • Math Recovery: Access to free resources to support PreK – 5 learning at home. Resources include descriptions of key mathematical learning by grade level.

Building on Best Practices with Nation-wide Ecosystem

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice also announced it has selected the MiSTEM Network to join their global movement of leaders devoted to ensuring that STEM education is a priority for all in their communities with an emphasis on the equity envisioned to support a world-class STEM education.

The 89 communities selected from across the world compose a global community and have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective PreK-16 instruction in STEM learning.

“MiSTEM continues to drive improvements in programming and collaboration to broaden the STEM ecosystem to enhance learning experiences beyond the classroom,” said Megan Schrauben, Executive Director of the MiSTEM Network.

The MiSTEM Network was created to broaden ownership of the state’s STEM strategy and position more Michigan students for success in our rapidly changing economy.

To learn more about MiSTEM and their latest efforts, visit Michigan.gov/MiSTEM.