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Arizona Launches STEM Network

March 1, 2012

Arizona will become the 12th state to have a statewide STEM network, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) announced this week. In a renewed partnership with the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, who pledged $2.1M to the initiative over the next 3 years, SFAz has created a 5-year plan to utilize Common Core Standards in order to create a unified network of schools, businesses, community members, and donors with the tools necessary to produce successful students.

The Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation’s goals for the project are to fully integrate STEM curriculum into Arizona schools, create and deploy a predictive analysis system to test STEM progress, strengthen teacher effectiveness in STEM areas, and to find opportunities for private businesses to create further partnerships with schools and engage with students. Additional sponsors include Intel, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, and Research Corporation for Science Advancement. “Helios Education Foundation’s investment in the Arizona STEM Network’s plan to transform K-12 education is really an investment in the future of our state,” said the Foundation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Barbara Ryan. “STEM education is the linchpin that will better prepare our students academically and ultimately increase the number of high school graduates ready to succeed in postsecondary education.”

The STEM Network was created over a 14 month period, after gathering input from business, government and education leaders in all 15 Arizona counties, the Navajo Nation, the Arizona Department of Education, as well as the State Board of Education. The Network will be led by SFAz staff , with initial pilot sites being announced later this year and the first phase of implementation soon to follow.

To learn more about the Arizona STEM Network, see Science Foundation Arizona‘s website.

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