Empire STEM is a statewide, community-led collaborative committed to advancing STEM education to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Communities are mobilizing to form interconnected regional STEM hubs across New York State with goals relevant to local needs, capacities and priorities that are aligned to the Network’s mission, vision and design principles.
Advance STEM education to prepare all students in New York State for success in school, work and life
The Empire STEM Network is divided into 10 regions or “hubs.” The geographic boundaries align with the Regional Economic Development Councils. Membership is open to any individual or organization that has a vested interest in STEM education. Regional Networks seek participants from all stakeholder groups or nodes: business, government, informal education entities, non-governmental agencies, higher education, and p-12 schools, both public and private.
The Empire STEM Network seeks to prepare a skilled workforce to meet the growing demands of business and industry and to secure America’s place as a leader in our global society. Tomorrow’s workers, regardless of position or job, must be problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators and life-long learners. These skills must be embedded in all curricula at all grade levels from pre-school through college. Multiple opportunities must be afforded students to apply these skills to real world problems in multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary environments that challenge them to take risks, spark creativity and reward divergent thinking.