ND STEM Network manager Ryan Aasheim and the Praxis Strategy Group is developing a strategy for the ND STEM Network that includes establishing a STEM Industry Learning Exchange that will work to connect private industry and business with K12 schools, their teachers, and ultimately the learners, our North Dakota children.
Industry Learning Exchanges bring together educators, industry and other stakeholders in government and the non-profit sector to better align and galvanize efforts and resources to create North Dakota’s next generation STEM workforce. Industry Learning Exchanges are public-private partnerships organized by career cluster that work to coordinate planning, investment and sharing of resources. Learning exchanges promote STEM careers and occupations and identify work place learning opportunities for students that fit their interests and aspirations.
Exchanges create an organizing structure for communications and coordination to better connect programs across the state in a similar career cluster while also tracking local and statewide needs and performance. Industry participation ensures that STEM curricula reflect current and future skills and trends related to technology. Successful, high performing programs can be replicated in other localities and/or scaled up for implementation statewide.
A Learning Exchange will be launched in seven identified industries areas below and led by the ND STEM Network to leverage a statewide network of businesses, employer associations, education partners, and other stakeholders. The exchanges would ideally be launched using state investment, but would be supported by investments and on-going commitments from public-private partners. An initial effort would focus on three industries sectors for one year to build their network, further develop capacity for implementation, and demonstrate function as it leads to enhanced learning.
- Aviation, Aerospace, UAS
- Agriculture & Biotech
- Software, Computing, & IT
- Medical, Health, Life sciences
- Creative Industries
Models for these learning exchanges exist elsewhere, most notably in Illinois: STEM Learning Exchange.
Graphic: ND STEM Network STEM Industry Learning Exchange
Pilot project: http://ndstemexchange.com