- Coloradans with a stake in business and education are looking to coordinate the numerous grass roots STEM efforts that have risen in popularity in recent years.
- Last May, the state's education department used Race to the Top funds to create a new position that administers $500,000 in federal grant money for STEM programs, but the definition of a K-12 STEM program can currently include anything from a single engineering class offered by a school to a program emphasizing math and science or a district integrating STEM throughout its curriculum.
- Working with the governor's office and several other groups, the Colorado Legacy Foundation is working toward a clearly defined set of criteria, as well as coordination between programs, and hopes to establish a framework that will help maximize the success of these programs.
From the article:
... "We need a vision that moves us forward instead of everyone doing their own thing," said Violeta Garcia, Colorado's newly minted STEM education coordinator. "To have a vision with common goals seems appropriate at this time, but it's not happening yet." ...