What are the New Jersey STEM Ecosystems?
The NJSPN currently oversees four STEM learning ecosystems representing six counties within the state of New Jersey. These ecosystems connect STEM stakeholders, develop new and expanding initiatives to support the education-to-workforce pipeline, and engage in a national community of practice of 56 STEM Learning Ecosystems in North America.
The Four New Jersey STEM Ecosystems are:
- The Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance (Burlington County)
- The Liberty STEM Alliance (Hudson County)
- The Newark STEAM Coalition (Essex County)
- South Jersey STEM and Innovation Partnership (Camden, Cumberland, and Salem counties)
About New Jersey Learning Ecosystems
The NJ STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative is modeled after the The STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative, which promotes the cultivation of STEM Learning Ecosystems in communities throughout the country. The STEM Learning Ecosystems across the nation contribute to the larger STEM education and learning landscape.
Each of the 56 ecosystems participates in a Community of Practice, a national and regional peer-to-peer professional learning network for communities to share information and expertise. More information about the STEM Funders Network and its 56 ecosystems can be found at www.stemecosystems.org.
About The STEM Learning Ecosystem Model
Each STEM Learning Ecosystem is unique in design, theory and practice. The goal of ecosystem cultivation is not to design the same STEM experience for all young people, but to maximize, grow and connect STEM learning opportunities so all young people have access to robust and connected learning experiences along pathways that are individualized according to their own interests. Cultivating ecosystems requires dynamic leadership and diverse partners who share respect for each other’s roles across sectors.