The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem fosters deeper collaboration across networks and systems to ensure STEM programming is accessible to ALL students throughout Greater Austin. The learning-centered ecosystem leverages resources supporting STEM education while reducing duplication and amplifying individual organizations and their collective impact.
The vision of the Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem is that:
- PK-16 learners have the opportunity to obtain the requisite STEM skills to enter competitive 21st century STEM jobs in Central Texas
- All educators are provided the tools and support to ensure that students of all ages are STEM competent and STEM literate
The STEM Learning Ecosystems initiative empowers communities across the country to bring together local stakeholders across education, science and business sectors and create systemic change to ensure more students, particularly underserved and underrepresented students, develop the STEM knowledge and skills they need to learn and thrive in today’s world. Austin represents the sole STEM Learning Ecosystem community in Texas.
The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem is one of the communities selected by the STEM Funders Network (SFN) to participate in the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. This project, built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people. The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystems selection is a demonstration of their existing progress in developing a strong STEM community and recognition of the commitment to continue this work.
Thanks to all the fabulous organizations that wrote letters of support for the Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem. These partners helped ensure Austin’s selection for this national effort.