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STEMx FAQ

STEMx is providing an accessible platform to share and analyze quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow's innovators. STEMx is composed of 20 STEM networks, including 18 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Q: Who is the partner of STEMx?

A: The Center for Excellence in STEM Education is the lead organization in the West Virginia STEMx Network, working with the Education Alliance, the West Virginia Department of Education, and the Governor's STEM Initiative.

Q: What is the value of STEMx to West Virginia?

A: STEMx provides access to STEM leaders of educational change, offering networking opportunities and coordinating action on shared STEM education goals with partners across the country.

Q: Why is this a natural partnership with the Center for Excellence in STEM Education?

A: The Center aspires to make WVU a national model of high-quality STEM education, encouraging more students to pursue STEM careers while aiming to train these same students to fill or create new STEM careers in West Virginia.

Q: What is an example of a STEMx program or activity?

A: Approximately 100 STEM educators, business and industry leaders, state policy makers, public school district leaders, higher education institution representatives and nonprofit partners attended a statewide conference in spring 2018 called "STEM Forward: Building West Virginia's Capacity through Computer Science." The event was the result of a STEMx Challenge grant awarded to the Center for Excellence in STEM Education.
Within the outcomes of the STEMx Challenge Grant, the Education Alliance summarized the convening recommendations in a formal report. This report organizes the resulting recommendations around the resources, activities and outputs that will strengthen computer science across West Virginia. It was shared with the governor, state superintendent and other key state leaders and provides a framework for the next steps and future action items.

Q: What is the goal of STEMx?

A: To define what quality STEM teaching and learning looks like, spur partnerships and amplify STEM teaching and learning opportunities for students and promote sharing of high-quality STEM resources and tools that span STEM teaching and learning to increase student achievement.

For more information about STEMx, contact Amanda Jelsema, 304-293-9708, or email  stemcenter@mail.wvu.edu.