Thanks to a donation from Dorothy Lemelson, Gathering Genius, Inc. held a Summit “Design Studio” in November 2011. We were able to invite a small group representing various stakeholder organizations around the state to meet with Jan Morrison, Executive Director of TIES, to discuss and prepare for the summit. Ms. Morrison led the group in identifying some of Nevada’s challenges in STEM education and preparing for the summit.
In anticipation of the development in 2012 of a statewide STEM network of partners, the group created a draft set of STEM education principles that could be considered for adoption by Nevada STEM stakeholders and partners. This meeting also resulted in increased dialogue among stakeholders for increasing grant-seeking collaborations.
1. Ensure that STEM education is foundational for every Nevada student K-12, including
the underrepresented and minorities.
2. Meet the needs of Nevada’s employers in all sectors by providing a STEM-literate workforce.
3. Create and support a statewide STEM resource network to enhance collaboration among K-
12, higher education, business and industry, government, community organizations, parents, and students.
4. Provide students with opportunities to apply STEM knowledge in the real world to foster
creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship.
5. Educate policymakers on systemic reforms that can bolster/support quality STEM education practices.
6. Increase the pool of teachers skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and who use
research-based best practices in their classrooms.
7. Promote transdisciplinary instruction, where teachers engage students in activities that use multiple
disciplines to increase student learning, interest and engagement.
8. Expand students’ access to rich and diverse experiences, starting in early childhood, that increase the
numbers of students skilled and interested in pursuing STEM jobs, degrees, and careers.