KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City region is one of 27 communities selected to join the STEM Ecosystems Initiative, according to a White House announcement.
The local effort, known as “ecosySTEM KC,” will be led by KC STEM Alliance in partnership with Science Pioneers, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Kansas Enrichment Network.
“We look forward to being part of this initiative and contributing to the Community of Practice,” KC STEM Alliance Executive Director Laura Loyacono said in a news release. “With the support of the STEM Funders Network and our colleagues building STEM learning ecosystems across the United States, we will be reach more youth with STEM opportunities effectively and efficiently.”
“The national STEM Ecosystems Initiative was launched in September 2015 with more than $20 million in funding, according to the news release. Kansas City’s EcosySTEM and other selected communities will participate in an upcoming workshop at the White House, which will focus on convening and growing the numbers of local leaders who are expanding STEM opportunities in their communities.”
Leaders with several schools in the metro met Tuesday to talk about STEM education. The goal is to get students excited about science, engineering, technology and math. Leaders hope by getting students involved in these fields, inside and outside the classroom, they will continue their education and get a job in a stem field.
Kansas City was selected to participate in the initiative in recognition of the strong STEM community and commitment to continue this work, according to a news release from the MARC.