One year ago, STEM education leaders from 13 different states formed a new partnership where they could share innovations and coordinate sustained action across the country. Today, Georgia and Indiana became the fifth and sixth states to join the STEMx™ network in the past year. This announcement caps a year of development and growth for the network, which now includes more than a third of the nation’s states.

“Every day, leaders in business, education and government are searching for ways to bring more great STEM teaching into their communities,” said Margaret Ashida, Director of STEMx. “The STEMx network empowers them with the creativity, knowledge and experience of their colleagues across the country.”

The STEMx network offers a new kind of STEM partnership – by the states, for the states. The advocates and leaders in the STEMx network share and spread proven, local solutions to help solve national challenges. They work together on issues like STEM education policy, teaching practice, innovation in the classroom and after-school, communications and advocacy. The network is operated by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle.

“The growth of STEM teaching and learning offers America a competitive advantage in the global economy and the vibrant STEMx network will play an essential role in fostering and spreading educational innovation,” said Eric Fingerhut, Vice President of Education and STEM Learning at Battelle.

TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), the charitable organization established by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), is dedicated to preparing the next-generation workforce by uniting TAG resources with leading STEM education initiatives. For the past 11 years, TAG-Ed has offered a variety of hands-on technology programs to engage students in STEM learning in order to provide a glimpse into the exciting opportunities technology careers provide.

“We are excited to join STEMx to learn how other states are addressing the shortfall of qualified technology workers,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “There are over 4000 unfilled jobs in Georgia’s technology sector, and this number will only grow unless we can foster student interest in STEM to increase our tech ready workforce. By joining STEMx, we hope to strengthen our efforts as well as contribute to the network’s thought leadership.”

Started in 2006 as a collaboration among 18 institutions of higher education in 10 regions throughout Indiana, the I-STEM Resource Network is a partnership of public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and government. I-STEM works to support K–12 teachers and leaders working to implement high academic standards towards STEM literacy for all students.

“Indiana is pleased to be able to join STEMx to share best practices with other STEMx members” said Paul Ainslie, Managing Director of the I-STEM Resource Network. “I-STEM, The Indiana Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, and Purdue University look forward to working with STEMx as we focus on improving the career and college readiness of Indiana’s graduates.”

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