What is a STEM Innovation Network?
A recommendation from the Governor’s STEM Task Force in 2009, the network is a mechanism that enhances communications across all stakeholders; builds the state’s capacity to maximize the effects of existing programs and policies; and facilitates the review and revision of Maryland’s strategy for its STEM education, research, and workplace ‘industries.’
The Task Force recommends that Maryland establish a public/private STEM Innovation Network, with both a physical and virtual statewide presence. There exists a need to provide a platform and environment for education stakeholders to have quality interactions, thereby advancing education quality and opportunities in Maryland. The network will draw on all of Maryland’s STEM stakeholders for its design, sustainability, and agenda. It will utilize technology to provide the backbone for communication and dissemination among its members; encourage collaboration, define and solve problems more broadly; and scale up successful innovations more quickly.
How can organizations get involved?
In order to prepare students for rewarding careers and to secure the State’s economic future, moving Maryland to world-class in STEM education and workforce quality is a priority. It is increasingly apparent that all students need a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, regardless of their career path.
- Volunteer – and encourage your colleagues to volunteer – to engage students in learning experiences through the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s STEM Specialists in the Classroom and Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau Programs.
- Partner with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education to develop STEM Challenges for students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Provide funding to support the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and to accelerate expansion of STEMnet resources and services to more schools, teachers and students ($15,000 per school). Email email@example.com
- Identify potential funders or include the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education in joint grant proposals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make a personal contribution to support the work of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. http://mbrt.org/support/