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South Suburban STEAM Network recognized as a STEM Learning Ecosystem

South Suburban STEAM Network has exciting news to share!

We have been awarded the distinction as a STEM Learning Ecosystem, a network of 68 STEM providers across four countries.

What are STEM Learning Ecosystems?

"STEM Learning Ecosystems provide the architecture for cross-sector learning, offering all young people access to STEM-rich learning environments so they can develop important skills and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math throughout preK-16. Strong STEM Learning Ecosystems feature dynamic collaborations among schools, out-of-school time programs, STEM expert institutions (such as museums, science centers, institutions of higher education and STEM professional associations), the private sector, community-based organizations, youth and families." --

A STEM hub for Chicago's Southland region

Our network has been growing over the past two years and is comprised of educators, business leaders, community stakeholders, parents, and STEAM enthusiasts stretching across Chicago's Southland. As a Community of Practice within the STEM Learning Ecosystem, the South Suburban STEAM Network is considered a hub for STEM learning in our region. Joining the ranks of EvanSTEM and Chicago STEM Pathways, the South Suburban STEAM Network completes the stream of STEM Learning Ecosystems serving the Chicago Metropolitan area.

How will being a STEM Learning Ecosystem impact our work?

Join us on Tuesday September 11th from 8am-10am for our next South Suburban STEAM Network Summit as we welcome Dr. Amy Pratt, Assistant Dean for Community Education Partnerships, Northwestern University. Dr. Pratt is a leader in the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice and will speak to u

s about the goals of the movement and how our region will benefit from participating. In addition, she will talk about her work at Northwestern and opportunities for you to partner with the University. The STEAM Network Summit is free to attend, but we ask that you please add yourself to our guest list at

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