Great Lakes Bay Region STEM partners,
After nearly a year of planning and preparation, the region was incredibly honored to welcome approximately 450 international leaders in STEM for the annual convening of STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP) titled ‘People, Planet, Prosperity,’ on June 20-22. This year’s event was the first SLECoP meeting to take place in person since March 2020 and all we can say is that it felt good to be back!
The previous 12 annual gatherings have been held in much larger cities like Cleveland, San Antonio and Washington D.C., so we were very humbled to host the group of Ecosystems that we have been a part of for nearly a decade. Well, we can now say with resounding pride that the GLBR more than delivered as the host community!
Attendees traveled to the region from as far away as Israel, to learn and collaborate on STEM, talent and economic development. We gave them a warm welcome and over the course of three days, attendees visited and interacted all across the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Initial feedback on the conference and the community has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so thankful for all the community members and organizations who helped us pull this massive effort off! The convening featured several local speakers from our regional organizations and notably we were thrilled to show off all the region has to offer in STEM with hands-on, engaging field trips at six of our local organizations and much more.
A special thanks to our field trip hosts and those who pitched in with other events to pull this effort off, including: Claire Bunker, Pam Clark, Adrianne Cole, Julie Cunningham, Julie Dorcey, Dennis Hoeg, Emily Jaremba, Ty Jarvis, Jenn Kirts, Julie Malesky, Brian McBride, Megan Schrauben, Jessie Teeter, Rich VanTol, Chris Velasquez and the whole Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance team.
No effort has gone unnoticed, big or small. We will have more on impact in the coming days, but for now, all we want to say during this time is a great big THANK YOU for all of your hard work. We are honored to collaborate with you and call you partners in STEM. People, Planet, Prosperity was the success that it was because of your help. We only hope to repay the favor someday for each of your organizations in this work.
Catch a recap of many of the local efforts in the following video and download photos below!
In gratitude and partnership,