JUNE UPDATE
The InterMountain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Launch Pilot (IM STEM)
IM STEM Network Meeting
If you missed the last network meeting, you missed a lot! We heard about how English learners bring a wealth of resources to STEM learning, including knowledge and interest in STEM-related content that is born out of their experiences in their homes and communities, home languages, variation in discourse practices, and, in some cases, experiences with schooling in other countries. Our speakers, Amy Stephens, Study Director, National Academy of Sciences; David Crowther, Professor Science Education, University of Nevada, Reno; and Dr. Rita MacDonald, Associate Researcher at WIDA Consortium at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison shared how we can modify our STEM education approach to best engage that special population. Here is the link to that meeting’s resource page, including a recording of that Network meetin g.
Mark your calendars for the next IM STEM
quarterly virtual network meeting

September 18, 2019 3pm - 4:30pm MDT
IM STEM Steering Committee Seeking
Additional Members
The IM STEM Steering Committee is looking for a few dedicated leaders, like you, interested in making a difference in broadening participation in STEM in the six IM STEM states (CO, ID, NM, NV, UT, WY). The Steering Committee sets direction for the activities of the network and provides leadership within their state and nationally representing the network. To learn more about this opportunity send an email of interest to Mimi Lufkin, NAPE CEO Emerita and IM STEM Project Director at mimilufkin@napequity.org
IM STEM Programs Request
The communications committee is responsible for assembling your monthly IM STEM newsletter. Each month we look for programs across the network to highlight and share. We would like to compile a list of programs we can use to inform the newsletter and our asset mapping. Please take a moment to provide links and/or information about 2-3 STEM programs in your state. These could be academic programs, clubs, camps, after school programs or other events aimed at engaging females and underrepresented populations in STEM pathways.
What's going on In the network?
Communications and Resource Sharing
The Communication and Resource Sharing group asks that you get the most out of network membership by engaging in conversation with each other on our social media channels, including our LinkedIn group (IM STEM Network) and Twitter (@imstemequity). Please also continue to invite your professional colleagues to take advantage of the network by signing up today at our website https://www.napequity.org/stem/stem-equity-project/imstem/ .
Data and Metrics
In partnership with Idaho, this workgroup has developed a pilot data dashboard to display data from Idaho’s career and technical education programs to test the feasibility of using a dashboard to conduct a more comprehensive equity gap analysis. Perkins V requires data to be disaggregated by gender, race/ethnicity and each of the 9 special population groups. This pilot dashboard can inform states as they are working on data collection and accountability in their State Plans for Perkins V. To learn more about Perkins V go to NAPE’s resource page at  https://www.napequity.org/public-policy/frontline-legislation/strengthening-career-and-technical-education-for-the-21st-century-act/  
Asset Map Building
Our asset mapping team is currently working with Nevada to develop an asset map that shows where STEM programming exists. Some states already have maps, including Idaho and Wyoming, and you can view them by clicking on the state name. New Mexico will also be launching an asset map of after school programming, and we will make sure to link you to it when it goes live. If you are interested or can connect us to someone in your state who would be interested in pioneering this work with us, please contact Kathleen Fitzpatrick kfitzpatrick@napequity.org .
Effective Practice Scaling
This workgroup shared the rubric they developed for STEM program administrators, designers, implementers and funders to identify critical equity attributes to ensure success for underrepresented students at the recent National Summit for Educational Equity in Washington DC. The team will be making revisions based on the feedback and will be ready to share the rubric at a future network meeting.
Pilot Monitoring
This workgroup continues to monitor NAPE’s professional development efforts in the six states. Since the fall of 2017 (the beginning of the NSF INCLUDES DDLP: IM STEM grant) NAPE has conducted professional development (PD) in five states at twelve sites with over 1200 educators. The Pilot Monitoring workgroup will be conducting a follow-up survey with participants to learn more about the impact of this PD. For more information about NAPE’s PD contact Kathleen Fitzpatrick at kfitzpatrick@napequity.org .
What's going on Around the network?
Colorado

NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments. Since 2013, more than 9,500 girls have received approximately 295,000 instruction hours through 436 AspireIT programs in 43 states – many of whom did not have prior computing experience. Click on the link below for more information on AspireIT, as well as key dates for current and upcoming AspireIT rounds. Also, if you are a woman in high school or college with computing interests, consider becoming an AspireIT Leader. If you are a professional looking to facilitate computing programs at the local level, become an AspireIT Partner Organization. For details, click on the links below.
 
Learn about AspireIT:
 
Become an AspireIT Leader:
 
Become an AspireIT Partner Organization:
Idaho

Emmett High School science teacher Robin Wilson was one of 60 educators nationwide the Society for Science & the Public named as advocates to mentor under-served students and help them navigate science research competitions. Wilson will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend training in Washington, D.C., and a $3,000 stipend for ongoing training and support through the organization’s Advocate Grant Program. The Society for Science & the Public Advocate Grant Program helps educators and scientists expand opportunities for under-served students who have the potential, yet lack the necessary resources, to succeed in STEM fields. Each advocate mentors a cohort of three or more students, providing support as they complete science research projects and apply to compete in science research competitions.

Angela Hemingway
Idaho STEM Action Center
(208) 332-1726

For information of the Society for Science & the Public

Nevada


On May 15, 2019, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen’s (D-NV) bipartisan Building Blocks of STEM Act passed the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and is poised to be considered on the Senate floor later this Congress. The Senate bill would create initiatives at the National Science Foundation for STEM studies. The initiatives would focus on boosting participation of women students in fields where they are underrepresented. The legislation includes new research to increase the participation of girls in STEM education fields. Senator Rosen also announced her recent co-sponsorship of the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act. The bill, introduced by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) would fund STEM education to engage female students, students of color, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities to pursue careers in STEM fields.

New Mexico

Approximately 60 rising eighth grade girls from all over New Mexico who are passionate about STEM will attend Tech Trek camp June 9-15, 2019, at the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro, NM. At Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists. During the week-long STEM camp, campers take part in activities like building and programming robots, extracting their own DNA, learning how computer simulations are used to predict weather patterns, and much more.

Utah

The Utah STEM Foundation partnered with Carbonite, Comcast, Centeva and Recursion to launch the Girls Who Code (GWC) Entrepreneurial Challenge to encourage greater female representation in STEM, as well as to inspire girls’ pursuit of leadership roles and entrepreneurship and challenge them to aim for career opportunities in which women have been, and continue to be, underrepresented. A celebrative ceremony was held at Recursion in Salt Lake City on April 25, 2019, to announce the award winners. Four award categories were offered, all calling for entries that best address contemporary societal issues (social, civic engagement, environment, etc.) and applications were open to Girls Who Code clubs statewide. Click on the Web site below to see a list of winners and projects.
Allison Spencer
Utah STEM Foundation Entrepreneurial Challenge
(801) 520-5235

Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Education is seeking public comment on the revised proposed Computer Science Content and Performance Standards that will be incorporated into the Chapter 10 Rules: Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. The revisions to Chapter 10 rules are a result of the passage of  Senate Enrolled Act 0048  in 2018 that added computer science and computational thinking to the common core of knowledge and skills for Wyoming students kindergarten through 12th grade. The bill requires the promulgation of uniform content and performance standards for computer science by January 1, 2022, then going into effect beginning with the 2022-23 school year. The proposed Computer Science Content and Performance Standards were developed and then revised by a standards review committee composed of 40 members, who included educators, professors, parents, content experts, and business and community members. The comment period is the final opportunity for the public to comment on the Computer Science Content and Performance Standards. Input on the proposed rules and standards will be open, both online and by mail, from May 13-June 28, 2019. 
 
Media Contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
(307) 777-2053
 
2019 STEM for All Video Showcase: “Innovations in STEM Education”
The 2019 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase includes over 800 presenters and co-presenters who share 242 short videos aimed at improving STEM teaching and learning. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and informal educators can learn about innovative federally funded STEM education projects by viewing three-minute video presentations. The videos cover a vast array of topics in STEM, including broadening participation, workforce development, scientific augmentation, citizen science, maker spaces, classroom curriculum innovations, apps and games, integration of computer science into STEM and computational thinking (to name but a few). Visitors to the site can filter the presentations by grade level, organization, state, keywords, or audience type to find those of greatest interest. Click on the link below to learn more about the Showcase and to watch the project videos. May 2019.






What’s Working? Member Practices in Building a Diverse and Sustainable STEM Workforce
STEMconnector recently published What’s Working? Member Practices in Building a Diverse and Sustainable STEM Workforce 2019. Building and sustaining successful programs and initiatives in STEM talent development; whether through working with youth programming, targeting hidden talent pools, or developing the skills of early workforce entrants from overlooked communities; requires patience, drive, and long-term thinking. This reference guide showcases only the beginning of what can be accomplished. Click on the following link to download a free copy of the guide. 2019.






Future Engineers Get Ahead Through Amazon-funded Program
Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating underrepresented and underserved students in computer science and coding. Here is how it works:

For K-8 , Amazon Future Engineer provides approximately 10 million students each year with afterschool computer science workshops, coding camps hosted at schools and various Amazon locations, and online computer science courses.

High School: By Fall 2019, Amazon Future Engineer will provide more than 2,000 schools that serve students from underrepresented and underserved communities across the country with Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science classes through curriculum provider,  Edhesive . Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. The full-year courses are designed to inspire, prepare, and propel students in their pursuit of a computer science education.
 
Scholarship: Amazon Future Engineer provides 100 students from underrepresented and underserved communities planning to study computer science at a four-year college or university with $10,000/year scholarships. The program works with Scholarship America to manage these prestigious 4-year scholarships specifically focused on students pursuing a computer science degree.
 
Internship: Amazon Future Engineer offers the 100 scholarship recipients a guaranteed, paid internship at Amazon after their first year of college. Most college students do not have access to software engineering internships until later in their college years. Amazon Future Engineer believes this early exposure will better support the college students on their career path. It gives students the chance to apply their computer science skills in a practical setting, and can reinforce their interest in the industry. Interns partner with a technical mentor and manager, as well as other interns, to innovate and create new features and services on behalf of Amazon customers.
 
Information, including application materials for interested schools, is online at www.amazonfutureengineer.com





AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors Program Seeks 100 Women In STEM Role Models
Launched on May 4, 2019, by  Lyda Hill Philanthropies , the  IF/THEN  campaign’s mission is to highlight positive portrayals of women in STEM in science, media, fashion, education, philanthropy, entertainment, sports and beyond, in order to inspire and support women and girls in STEM. To connect more women STEM role models with middle school girls, both in person and in media outlets, the American Association for the Advancement of Science ( AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassadors  program is seeking 100 women to fill its ranks. Applications to the AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program are now open to U.S-based women STEM professionals in a variety of fields – including research and development, sports and recreation, finance, fashion, gaming, engineering and manufacturing, entertainment, healthcare, retail, music, and more. The Ambassadors program will highlight women who are contributing to these various fields, showing girls all the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day. AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors will gather for in-person summits, create personal press kits that highlight their stories and take their outreach to the next level, be featured in original entertainment and media content, and engage with middle school girls in formal and informal educational spaces. Applications for the Ambassadors program are open April 1-July 21, 2019.






Program Encourages Inclusive Learning Experiences for Women of Color in STEM
The I Can Persist STEM initiative at Indiana University Bloomington provides women of color in STEM with a space to discuss common issues about race and gender. The program advances persistence among girls and women of color in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a multigenerational network of peers and professionals, as well as activities focused on career preparedness. For instance, IU Bloomington students learn to translate their classroom knowledge into experiential STEM activities with high school students. Undergraduate participants can shadow professionals at Baxter Healthcare Pharmaceutical and Cook Medical in Bloomington to get hands-on experiences in the professional world. Graduate students have the opportunity to meet with STEM professionals during monthly Sunday dinners to discuss topics such as cultivating resilience, navigating micro-aggressions and rebounding from failures. The goal is to broaden STEM participation by advancing STEM persistence among women and girls of color across high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional settings. May 15, 2019.

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IM STEM is a network of STEM educators and leaders across six states (CO, ID, NM, NV, UT, and WY) working to support STEM equity at key transition points (middle school to high school and high school to college).
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1744472. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.