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Identifying and Eliminating STEM Deserts

Across the U.S., primary and secondary students attend school in STEM Deserts, lacking access to advanced math and science learning. Meanwhile, STEM-based skills and dispositions are driving global change and career opportunities, increasing the need for problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration. With key partners, NMSI is unveiling a framework to identify STEM Deserts and is working with other partners to eradicate the gaps while highlighting best practices and proven solutions.

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  1. Community members will learn the factors and data used to identify STEM Deserts, allowing them to apply an accepted definition to their communities.
  2. Teachers and administrators will hear how other K-12 educators have increased access and achievement in advanced STEM coursework.
  3. Non-profits, grant makers, LEAs, and community members will learn how they can get involved in the NMSI-led work to eradicate STEM Deserts.



Juan Elizondo, Senior Director, Communications, National Math + Science Initiative

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