STEM2 Hub envisions high-quality, culturally relevant STEM learning experiences for every child and young person. In STEM2 Hub’s view of Northeast Florida, students should have access to and possess a sense of belonging in STEM and lifelong learning pathways that extend across formal and informal K–12 and higher education settings, including schools, science centers, and other STEM-rich institutions. A STEM education, comprised of the following six core principles, holds promise for powerfully transforming all students’ access to and engagement in STEM.
STEM2 Hub has been and will continue to be an active aggregator for the diverse group of School System Educators, Non-School System Educators, Corporations, Policymakers, Funders, Community Nonprofits, Researchers, Community Leaders and others in the development and ongoing refinement of a local vision for STEM learning.
Robotics integrates a host of STEM fields in ways that a classroom course can not. It integrates mechanical, electrical, electronics, control engineering, computer science, technology, math and science. STEM2 Hub, through its partner and Northeast Florida FIRST Affiliate – Renaissance Jax, puts forward a K-12 robotics offering for the youth of the 7-county region.
To develop skills for today’s evolving workplace and to promote global awareness and environmental literacy, the setting for STEM-focused learning is changing. This is to ensure that collaborative environments promoting innovation and creativity with flexible technology and readied access to information are a focus for the STEM2 Hub.
Coding gives students a new and deeper appreciation of what can be accomplished through technology. Young people are currently surrounded by devices controlled by computers and knowledge of coding helps them both understand how they work and imagine new devices and services for the future.
Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. STEM2 Hub works to help students apply authentic math learning to real-world situations.
The clear understanding of matter, its motion, and its interaction with its surroundings is critical to students building their view of the dynamic physical world. STEM2 Hub recognizes the value of physics knowledge to such varied fields as engineering, forensic studies, simulators, and even video games.
Medical has always been one of America’s strengths, and physicians and researchers are among the most respected professionals in our society. STEM2 Hub seeks to create and support programs for students that ignite their passion for medical fields of study.
Only 44% of U.S. high-school graduates were prepared for college math (algebra).
A mere 37% of high-school graduates were prepared for college-level science (biology and chemistry).
74% of STEM workers are male. Only 26% are female.
Only 7% of STEM Workers are people of color.
The STEM2 Hub is assisted in it’s efforts in many ways and by many individuals, groups, organizations, and companies. We welcome and celebrate all who invest their talent and their treasure in preparing young people for opportunities in STEM. We take a moment here to acknowledge some select Partners who stood with the STEM2 Hub to advance and deliver some specific Deep Dive STEM exposures to young people in 2017.
The STEM2 Hub is led by a staff of 3 individuals that spend the large majority of their time out among the ecosystem partners to maintain a keen sense of what exists, what is working, and what could be added to enhance STEM Learning. The hub maintains a small leased office with conference room services at 1279 Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park, FL.