Arizona STEM Ecosystem

The Arizona STEM Ecosystem is a collaborative, grassroots network of over 900 business, education, community and government organizations. SciTech Institute, serving as the ecosystem’s backbone organization, works with these entities to promote STEM awareness and career pathways, build leadership and employability skills, and foster a diverse pipeline of qualified Arizonans entering higher education institutions and the workforce. Regional Hubs and community-based working groups are building STEM capacity across the state. The Ecosystem is an inaugural member of the international STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice which enables its members to share and replicate successful STEM learning opportunities. 

Goals of the Arizona STEM Ecosystem

Increase awareness and understanding of STEM community knowledge, resources, and assets

Promote community-driven STEM opportunity specific to local values, practices, resources, and interests

Foster a pipeline of diverse and STEM-informed Arizonans to enter higher education and the workforce

Subdivisions of the Ecosystem

Regional Hubs

Regional Hubs allow ecosystem members to focus in on their local needs and assets, diving deeper into community-based resources and goals. They encourage creative cross-collaboration between sectors in order to connect community resources through STEM. Hub structure and leadership are determined by members to best serve the regional community, and Hub boundaries follow the First Things First regional divisions.

Working Groups

Topic-based Working Groups are statewide networks of individuals interested in a specific topic, designed to foster conversation across regional boundaries. Working Group structure and leadership are determined by members to best facilitate conversation and collaboration. 

Active Working Groups: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); STEM in Libraries

To be initiated in 2021-22: Agriculture & Food Security, Arts in STEM (STEAM), Sustainability, Aerospace, Health Sciences

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