Bay Area STEM Ecosystem

Empowering Futures Through Inclusive STEM Learning

The Bay Area STEM Ecosystem works to increase equity and access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all youth in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of under-served communities like South San Francisco. The Bay Area STEM Ecosystem is a proud member of STEM Learning Ecosystems, a national initiative that seeks to support and scale effective STEM learning opportunities for all young people.

The Bay Area STEM Ecosystem strives to: 

Keep the learner at the center of the work by meeting them where they are. Allow for trial, error, and iteration in program design.

Embrace multiculturalism and diversity as an asset for STEM learning.

Use a cross-sector approach to engage community members who can help bring relevant STEM learning opportunities for learners, educators and all interested collaborative partners.

Enable all learners to achieve STEM literacy through access of a broad array of career pathways.

Recognize that learning can occur anywhere, both in and out of school. 

Strive for equitable access to dynamic, innovative technology tools and resources for effective STEM learning. 

Enable each partner to contribute their unique expertise and support to a learner-centered STEM ecosystem. 

Cultivate leadership skills in youth that will sustain the Bay Area’s preeminence as a global competitor and a place of STEM innovation.

About Us

Established in 2016, the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem is a collective of organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. This collaborative network is dedicated to ensuring that young individuals acquire a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), thus equipping them for success in the contemporary workforce of the 21st century.

Our membership encompasses a diverse range of institutions, both in terms of geographical location and organizational structure. These entities collaborate with the shared goal of promoting fairness and inclusivity, while also enhancing accessibility to top-notch STEM education. Leading this network is Vincent Stewart, Vice President of Policy and Programs at Children Now, which is the backbone organization for the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem, a project of Children Now.

Read more about Vince Stewart, and his colleague Jessica Sawko, Director, Education with Children Now and the Director of the statewide California STEM Network.

National STEM Ecosystems

A community of practice.

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The Bay Area STEM Ecosystem is part of a national effort to reach young people with ways to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by creating strong, cross-sector community networks.

  • For news, resources and ideas for cross-sector collaborations that engage STEM learners everywhere, see the national STEM Ecosystem blog.

Key Initiatives:

Equitable STEM Education Access: Ensuring that all youth across the Bay Area, regardless of their background, have access to high-quality STEM education that prepares them for the modern workforce.

Collaborative Network: Creating a collaborative network of diverse organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area that work together to enhance STEM education opportunities.

Data-Driven Impact: Using data and assessments to measure the impact of STEM programs, identify areas for improvement, and make informed decisions.

Inspiring STEM Advocates: Highlighting success stories and showcasing the achievements of individuals who have benefited from the ecosystem’s initiatives to inspire others.

Join the Ecosystem: Educators, schools, community organizations, businesses, policymakers, and STEM enthusiasts are all encouraged to join the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem. In joining, you contribute to a collaborative environment that unites diverse expertise and resources. Together, we create fertile ground for innovation, learning, and empowerment