Networking with the STEM Education Centers

Originally published TAYLORHUB, February 3, 2018

NewDay Challenge Award recipient Todd Wackerman is an MBA student at Tulane’s Freeman School.  As he prepares to open his K-12 STEM equipment library for business in 2018, Todd attended the National Conference for the Network of STEM Education Centers, to learn about best practices and network with current professionals in the field. 

The Network of STEM Education Centers is a national group of organizations across the country, dedicated to advancing STEM education through a variety of programming.  Last Friday and Saturday, the NSEC National Conference was held at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, and STELL was accounted for and active.

I originally discovered the NSEC while completing an assignment for the Changemaker Institute, which directed me to seek out organizations nationally doing similar work to STELL.  I found, among others, SwI STEM in Indiana, who advised me to attend.  And I am thankful that I listened.  While the mission of the NSEC is far more broad than the niche work STELL is doing with equipment and resource access for K-12 teachers, the conference was a hotbed of networking opportunities and like-minded educators to bounce ideas off of, and get feedback on our intended model.


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