- The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University (OSU) are collaborating on a yearlong capacity-building research project in order to better understand the common and unique features and strengths of Oregon’s STEM Hubs. The project is intended to examine the growth and success of the STEM Hubs and their backbone organizations, and to build capacity for evaluative thinking by supporting Hubs in data-driven decision making and continuous improvement. The project is the first of its kind to systematically examine multiple layers of collaboration between publicly funded STEM-focused organizations, partner organizations, and their broader communities.
STEM Hubs are multisector partnerships that link local P–20 educators, workforce and economic development groups, community-based organizations, and business/industry representatives in a collaborative effort to transform the landscape of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and CTE (Career and Technical Education) teaching and learning. STEM Hubs are implementing strategies that include (amongst others) educator professional development on best practices in STEM instruction; in-and out-of-school, hands-on STEM learning experiences for students; and connections to fast-growing STEM employment opportunities in Oregon.