Greater Austin STEM Networking Forums are hosted quarterly. See below for information about the hosting organizations, presentations shared during the forum, and community announcements.

Hosting Organizations

The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem fosters connections and 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.

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.

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 Huston-Tillotson University for hosting this event!


Community Announcements

Participants shared announcements about their upcoming events, opportunities in the community and more. See below for some of the shared announcements:

Next Greater Austin STEM Community Convening: September 13th, 8 – 9:30 a.m. at Girlstart – Focus on The Connectory. Come explore how to use The Connectory to promote your STEM events and opportunities for students and families. Learn how to explore the program side of the portal to find collaborating organizations and others engaged in STEM events across the community. Learn more and sign up online!

Our next Hot Science – Cool Talks event on September 14th is about Hurricane Harvey. Registration is full but contact Didey Muniz (see the attendee list in the email sent to attendees for contact info) for tickets (until she runs out).

Urban Roots: The Food & Leadership Fellowship is a paid leadership development opportunity for young adults on the Urban Roots farm during the fall and spring. Fellows build leadership and professional skills while growing thousands of pounds of fresh produce for the community. Applications for the 2018 fall Food & Leadership Fellowship will be open through September 18th!

Science in Plain English at UT Austin on October 24th. Looking for K-12 students to be judges. Connect with Roxanne Bogucka at UT Austin for more info (see the attendee list in the email sent to attendees for contact info).

Rain Garden Build – Volunteer Event hosted by Austin Youth River Watch on November 3.

  • 9 a.m. – Noon = volunteer rain garden build in Southeast Austin at Hornsby Bend
  • Noon – 3 p.m. = open house with live music, food and drinks, fun nature activities

STEAMSPACE™ Education Cities in Space™ 2018 Student Competition and Conference on November 9th in Austin. Will need LOTS of volunteers!!

Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy! Starry Nights are held the 1st Thursday of every month (except January, June, July, and August), with each month featuring a new astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. All ages are welcome to stop by any time between 5:30pm and 7:00pm. RSVP is recommended, however it is not required, to join us.

Girl Day at UT Austin including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival
Event Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
DEADLINE TO REGISTER as an Partnering Organization: December 9

The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at UT Austin is gearing up for Girl Day 2019 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 Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Check out our website at and sign up as a community partner at To see last year’s program, head to

Interested in connecting in video games in your programming…or have questions about or interest in anything with video games? Connect with John Henderson with the HOFT Institute Game Design & Development Lab.