Early Wins and Lessons Learned: How the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem Engages Families

Friday, October 13, 2017
Resource Type:
Research Case Study | Research | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Community Outreach Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Public Events and Festivals, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs, Pre-K/Early Childhood Programs
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Black/African American Communities
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
Women and Girls
Low Socioeconomic Status
STEM Next Opportunity Fund
Description or Abstract: 

In this case study, we highlight the work of the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem, which aims to increase equity and access to STEM learning opportunities in underserved communities. First, we lay out the problems they are trying to solve and give a high level overview of the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem’s approach to addressing them. Then, based on field observations and interviews, we highlight both the successes and some missed opportunities from the first collaborative program of this Ecosystem. Both the successes of The Bay Area STEM Ecosystem--as well as the partners’ willingness to share and examine where they have room for refinements--illustrate the exemplary practice, leadership, and growth mindset of this group.


Team Members

Kara SammetKara SammetAuthor

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