The UA STEM Learning Center works to ensure broad access to high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning throughout Southern Arizona. The Center leads the coordination of Southern Arizona’s STEM resources, expertise and best practices from the University, business leadership groups, elected officials, community and educational organizations and industry partners in order to:
- Catalyze excellence in STEM-related education, outreach and workforce development;
- Identify, link and leverage STEM learning initiatives within the University and region;
- Coordinate and support STEM grant/funding opportunities across disciplines within the University;
Expand the impact of PK-20 STEM teaching and learning.
Driving collective impact is central to the Center’s strategic efforts. Accordingly, since its launch in 2013, the Center has successfully built, and continues to grow, broad partnerships that link university and community-based initiatives. These networks form the backbone of the Center’s work, and are being cultivated through relationship-building and sharing knowledge and expertise. The result is a system of pathways, flowing between the University and the community, that combine the strengths, resources and best practices of STEM educational initiatives from the University, business leadership groups, elected officials, community and educational organizations and industry partners.