The Gateways East Bay STEM Network, one component of a larger Gateways initiative, serves as a leadership hub for regional stakeholders who are working together to improve educational outcomes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) across Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Students and educators alike will benefit from the network’s development of a cohesive system of support that will increase students’ access to high quality STEM learning opportunities across the entire education continuum (cradle to career). The system of support will be fueled by individuals and organizations working together under a common framework to make a collective impact
The Gateways East Bay STEM Network and the statewide organization that we are affiliated with (i.e. the California STEM Learning Network) are working to address California’s workforce needs and better prepare our state’s students to contribute to a vibrant California economy by:
- Increasing interest and competencies among all K-14 California students in STEM disciplines, with an emphasis on critical thinking, hands-on learning, problem-based approaches and the use of information technologies.
- Ensuring all California students are college and career-ready and increasing the number of students who are pursuing STEM-related degrees and careers.
- Building a network that connects employers, educators, policymakers, funders and businesses, leverages California’s STEM assets and develops new capacity to innovate, scale and sustain effective STEM teaching and learning through collaboration and resource-sharing.
What is STEM?
STEM education is more than just science, technology, engineering or mathematics; it is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with real-world, problem-based learning. This bridging among the four discrete disciplines is now known as STEM. STEM education removes the traditional barriers erected between the four disciplines by integrating them into one cohesive teaching and learning paradigm. Today, new innovations and inventions tend to be made at the boundaries of these four disciplines, where they naturally overlap.
A STEM-literate student is not only an innovator and critical thinker, but is able to make meaningful connections between school, community, work and global issues. A STEM-literate high school graduate can enroll in a college-level course of study in science, technology, engineering, and math without the need for remediation. STEM skills are increasingly necessary to engage in a knowledge-based economy. There is solid evidence to suggest that the fastest-growing and highest-wage jobs in future years will be in STEM fields and all employees will need to utilize STEM skills for problem solving in a wide range of industries.