SHINE Programs Selected for National STEM Learning Initiative

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (WBRE/WYOU)  The Carbon/Schuylkill and Luzerne County Shine programs have been selected to join a national learning initiative.

The STEM Funders Network (SFN) announced  that the programs have been selected as one of the 10 STEM Learning Ecosystems to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative, a national initiative, initially developed in 2015-16 beginning with 27 STEM Learning Ecosystems communities across the United States.


 . The selected sites from across the United States have committed to collaborate and share their work towards this common vision.


“These communities have the potential of reaching millions of young people both in and out-of-school with innovative STEM learning opportunities,” said SFN co-chairs Gerald Solomon, executive Director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, Director of STEM Next. “It is an initiative to design the kind of infrastructure that ensures STEM learning is truly ‘everywhere’ and is a top priority for communities supporting youth to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in a global workforce.”


“We have already seen the success stories that SHINE has helped produce here in our region of Pennsylvania, and it is very exciting to be able to share our own experiences with others. Working with other leaders in STEM education can only strengthen SHINE and provide even better opportunities and brighter  futures for our kids,” said Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th).


“SHINE is quickly earning a national reputation for its STEM based after-school curriculum,” said State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon).  “Joining the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative will add value to the quality of education of every SHINE student, and contribute to the growing body of data that demonstrates the importance of investing in STEM based after-school programs.”



“SHINE’s involvement in the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative will allow Wilkes University to share its expertise in STEM education in support of this new opportunity for children in our community,” said Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, president of Wilkes University.


“We are thrilled that the Carbon/Schuylkill/Luzerne County Ecosystem and our network of community partners will be the vehicle for exposing thousands of children to STEM education,” said Jeanne Miller, Interim Director, SHINE of Luzerne County at Wilkes University.


The initiative is focused on bringing all in and out of school learning platforms together, from PreK through higher education including the voice of workforce, to ensure that ALL people have equal access and opportunity to succeed in the STEM fields.



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