Local nonprofits in the K-12 STEAM space have recently launched the Miami STEAM Coalition to approach the gaps, opportunities and solutions through a Collective Impact approach as well as advocate for the requisite funding and support for implementation.
Miami-dade STEAM coalition
Each student in Miami should have access to high-quality STEAM education both in and out of school, and the STEAM Coalition seeks to achieve this goal. Miami’s STEAM Coalition is committed to collectively approaching STEAM education in order to enhance the quality and reach of its members.
• It starts with a common agenda
• It establishes shared measurement
• It fosters mutually reinforcing activities
• It encourages continuous communications
• And it has a strong Backbone
In Miami-Dade County, not all students have access to high-quality STEM programming for a variety of reasons, and without this exposure, they are at risk of not entering an in-demand STEM workforce.
In 2018, almost 2.5 million science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, jobs would go unfilled in the United States, according to the (Smithsonian Science Education Center exacerbated by f 2018). Five “critical gaps” in the STEM workforce of the future.
Limited numbers achieving the foundational skills necessary for future success in STEM careers
young people, and many of the adults around them, hold incorrect beliefs about the aptitude or traits needed to belong and strive in STEM fields
the new knowledge economy requires credentials beyond a high school diploma, but not enough young people are earning those credentials
Hubs of economic growth are far, located away from large concentrations of qualified job seekers in urban centers
The disproportionate participation in STEM jobs based on race, gender, and income persists, despite decades of focus on diversity and inclusion
CSTA Miami is dedicated to connecting with other computer science teachers, providing professional development to help improve craft and connect local voices to the national computer science education community.
Moonlighter FabLab is a 501(c)3 non-profit S.T.E.A.M. Learning Center and Fabrication Lab in Miami, Florida dedicated to empowering makers with the skills, tools, and opportunities to shape a better future.
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. They learn to value themselves, take risks, and discover and develop their inherent strengths.
Miami Connected is an effort to bring no-cost broadband internet service, digital skills training, and career opportunities in technology to students and their families in Miami-Dade County.
Nyah Project bridges systemic opportunity gaps through transformative leadership fellowships abroad and tech enabled college access strategy coaching for youth from underserved backgrounds.
University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools contains 516 schools and 347,307 students. The district’s minority enrollment is 90%. Also, 51.8% of students are economically disadvantaged.
By adding a focus on pre-K to Grade-12 education, we can realize more
equitable access to STEM learning in and out of school, broaden participation
in STEM to truly “grow our own” and benefit our diverse community, and
seek to better sustain the tech focus our colleagues are working to achieve in Miami-Dade County.