The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem is a collective-impact initiative working to improve access to high-quality STEM learning for all students. The STEM Learning Ecosystems initiative empowers nearly 40 communities 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.
Central Texas Discover Engineering’s mission is to excite Central Texas K-12 students to pursue careers in math, science and engineering through in-class, hands-on engineering activities and collaborative, volunteer-driven initiatives of the engineering and education communities.
Learn All the Time (LATT), formerly known as the Central Texas Afterschool Network is a network of 70 collaborating nonprofit and public agencies providing OST or related services to youth and their families. Participating organizations include youth service providers, funders; Ready by 21; United Ways of Greater Austin; E3 Alliance; the City of Austin, Travis County and area school districts.
EdTech Austin is the hub for amazing keynotes, panel discussions, edtech mixers, member spotlights, and hands-on learning experiences that inspire teachers, entrepreneurs, technologists, education reformers, and edtech enthusiasts to connect, collaborate, and innovate. We meet to explore various topics at the intersection of education and technology, to learn about the latest technologies that are supporting teachers, and to hear from teachers about the problems in education that must be fixed now.
Mozilla’s Hive Learning Community in Austin champions digital literacy & innovation through next-generation development and connected learning. Hive Learning Networks are a growing constellation of communities around the globe that are championing digital skills and web literacy through connected learning.
The Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) connects non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST) is a statewide network of nonprofit, public and private sector partners dedicated to increasing the quality and availability of out of school time (OST) opportunities for Texas youth.
THANKS to iFLY Austin Indoor Skydiving for hosting this event!
Hosting organizations shared presentations about their organizations and shared upcoming events and opportunities.
Participants shared announcements about their upcoming events, opportunities in the community and more. See below for some of the shared announcements:
CS Ed Week is December 4-10 and Hal Speed is challenging all of the ecosystem members to participate in CS Ed Week by creating special computer science activities and events during this week. The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem will help connect and amplify efforts during this week. Stay tuned!
Micro:bit is now available in the U.S. It’s a small-board computer designed to make it easy for elementary and middle school students to learn computer science and making. It includes built-in sensors and LEDs, free block-based programming editor and free curriculum.
August 24th Learn All The Time Community Meeting: Join other OST professionals, connect to resources, and learn more about the work of the LATT Network.
- LATT Updates and Events for the upcoming year
- Work of the LATT Committees in 2017-2018
- FREE Resources and services from local community partners Aunt Bertha and Wonders and Worries
- Networking and sharing!
Learn All The Time (LATT) Happy Hour and Networking Event at Mi Madres on August 24th 4:40-6:30 PM.
Our next Hot Science – Cool Talks event will feature Dr. Rebecca Lewis talking about Friendship and Female Power in the Lemurs of Madagascar. You can see more details at www.esi.utexas.edu/talk/lemurs/.
The event will take place on Friday, September 15 at the UT Campus. Prior to each talk, we invite organizations to be part of Cool Activities where attendees can explore the evening’s topic through hands-on activities, displays and demos related to the talk. You can see a video about our events here. If your group has an engaging hands on activity, display, demo or information to share related to primates, lemurs, conservation, environment, sustainability, biology or ecology, we’d love to have you participate in Cool Activities.
We encourage organizations set up starting at 5:00 p.m. and then lead demos and activities from 5:30 – 6:40 p.m. Around 500 attendees are expected for the talk, many of them will arrive early to explore Cool Activities. The talk will start at 7:00 p.m. and ends at around 8:15 p.m. If you can join us, just fill out the short form to reserve your space and let us know what you will need during the event: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VmuhYoMLWaseBD.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Invent It. Build It. Outreach Event
Event Date: Saturday, October 28
DEADLINE TO REGISTER as an EXPO Exhibitor: August 31
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) annual conference, WE17, is coming to Austin this October 26-28. On Saturday, October 28th, SWE brings it’s community outreach event to Austin.
Invent it. Build it. is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. This is achieved through a three-pronged approach:
- SWE Girls Program
- Parent Educator Program
All girls registered for the SWE Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources.
Both groups will learn about engineering clubs, camps, after-school programs and competitions from a wide variety of exhibitors at the Invent it. Build it. EXPO. After the SWE Girls and Parent Educator Program have walked through the EXPO we will open the doors to everyone else.
Learn more at http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/invent-it-build-it.
Register STUDENTS, PARENTS, EDUCATORS to Participate:
- Middle schoolers, high schoolers, parents, educators: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invent-it-build-it-2017-in-austin-tickets-32896617669
Learn more and APPLY TO BE AN EXHIBITOR at the Outreach Expo: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/images/invent-it-build-it/IIBI-WE17-Expo-Contract-Agreement-6.7.2017.pdf (Note: contact Randy Freedman if you’re a non-profit to get the fee waived for participation.)
IBM Academy STEM Event: Innovate, Be creative, and Motivate
Event Date: Thursday, November 9
IBM Academy STEM event in Austin Texas
This event has been hosted at IBM corporate headquarters in New York for several years, but our IBM Fellow, Rhonda Childress, is bringing it to Austin for the first time, to reach a good local as well as global audience. In past years STEM sessions in New York, has had 10K participants attend through these venues – we plan to expand further this year. We’re planning on having around 500+ in person attendance. The day will consists of multiple TED-type talks, VIP speakers, University speakers and demos that showcase STEM related content and initiatives.
We are looking for STEM related organizations to host a table top event that students can interact with and learn about STEM or activities in Austin. If you are interested, please contact Zarella Rendon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 10a.m. – 8p.m.
Attendees: Various schools from Central Texas area, top IBM technical leaders worldwide
Location: Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Family Science Days
Event Dates: Saturday, February 17 – 18, 2018, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day
Family Science Days is FREE and open to all, and features hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities for youth and their families. Families and students are invited to explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have questions answered by scientists! This free community science features a broad range of scientists engaging the public in current science topics.
Applications for exhibitors should be open any time! Watch http://meetings.aaas.org/family-science-days/ for more information.
Girl Day at UT Austin including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival
Event Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
DEADLINE TO REGISTER as an Partnering Organization: December 12
The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at UT Austin is gearing up for Girl Day 2018 and we’d love to have lots of companies, non-profits, colleges & universities, and programs involved again this year! The deadline for organizations to sign up is Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Girl Day at UT Austin including both Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. We’re anticipating over 8,000 kindergarten through 8th grade girls participating this year with their parents, teachers, Girl Scout troop leaders and more. Activities and demonstrations are come and go throughout the day with a few featured shows such as Science in the Movies, Fun with Chemistry and the Physics Circus.