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    About EvanSTEM
    EvanSTEM seeks to improve access and engagement for students who have traditionally underperformed or have been underrepresented in STEM programs.
    EvanSTEM Goals 
    • NETWORK: Aligned K-12 STEM pathways across schools, out-of-school programs, and districts
    • YOUTH: Improved STEM access and engagement for Evanston students who are underperforming or underrepresented in STEM programs
    • EDUCATORS: Increased professional capacity of STEM educators
      • Cross-Cutting Professional Development
      • Development and Piloting of STEM Learning Experiences 

    ... in order to ...

    • Understand how youth (particularly underrepresented and underperforming students) navigate through available STEM opportunities and how those STEM programs impact academic outcomes.
    • Coordinate and align STEM pathways ​across schools, out-of-school programs and districts.
    • Build new collaborations between teachers, out‐of‐school educators and STEM professionals, resulting in novel curricula, activities and expanded programs.
    • Expand the capacity of STEM providers and educators—within and across school and out‐of‐school settings—to increase targeted youth interest, engagement, and identity with STEM.
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    EvanSTEM Initiatives
    • 2018-19 EvanSTEM Ecosystem of Targeted Programs (TABLE)
    • Educator Professional Development
      • STEM Project (re)Design Workshops
      • EvanSTEM Mini-maker Conference
      • EvanSTEM & District 65 Tech Innovation Educator Fair
    • Student Leadership
      • STEM Squad
    • Saturday is STEM Day in Evanston
      • STEAM Saturdays (KDG-1st grade)
      • Digital Divas (4th-5th Grade)
      • Quest4Earth (5th Grade)
      • MetaMakes (6th Grade)
      • Saturday Engineering Challenge (6th-8th Grade)
    EvanSTEM Outcomes
    A living ecosystem of STEM providers in Evanston creating new STEM programs, experiences, curricula and PD modules, resulting in:
    • Increased participation and dosage rates of targeted youth
    • Increased use of math, science and engineering practices to problem solve across settings
    • Evidence of sequential, cross-setting pathways navigated by youth
    • Increased teacher/educator effectiveness within and across settings
    • Improved educators attitudes re: integrated, cross-setting STEM approaches
    • Increased family involvement, support and understanding of STEM progression & career opportunities. 
    • Plans to disseminate lessons and scale and sustain the EvanSTEM model