STEM XXI Network: Exploring Partnerships and Strategies to Enhance 21st Century STEM Education in Texas and Beyond

The STEM XXI Network hosted a Summit on August 21, 2014 for diverse STEM stakeholders to explore partnerships and strategies to improve STEM teaching, learning, and life experiences for Texas students.

STEM XXI Network 2014 Summit

The STEM XXI Network hosted an invitation-only Summit on August 21, 2014, where diverse STEM stakeholders sought to increase understanding of the current landscape of STEM programs in Texas, to identify gaps, and to propose new partnerships and strategies for 21st century STEM education in Texas and nationally. The stakeholders included STEM experts, afterschool program leaders, teachers, administrators, industry leaders, and funders in Texas.

This invitation-only day of presentations, networking, and discussions focused on how innovative out-of-school time and informal learning programs strengthen STEM education in our schools and communities. At this event we discerned how we, as educators and enthusiasts, can join forces to improve STEM instruction and experiences for children and youth.

Presentations and Handouts


Keynote Speaker
Dave Wilson, Director of Academic Programs, National Instruments

Other Presenters and Panelists

  • Moderator Katie Kizziar, Associate Director of Programs, the Thinkery
  • Melanie Moore, Executive Director, KDK-Harman Foundation
  • Karen Siles, Software Engineer- Cloud Infrastructure Services, IBM
  • Tamara Hudgins, Executive Director, Girlstart
  • Stacy Avery, T-STEM Program Manager, Texas Education Agency
  • Katie Kizziar, Associate Director of Programs, Thinkery
  • Melissa Dodson, Director of Evaluation, SEDL


Article about the STEM XXI Summit by Rick McMaster in the MIT STEM Pals Newsletter, September 2014

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