In the summer of 2010, the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) was established as a non-profit to address California’s need for a statewide network to connect the state’s many and diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational resources. By aligning and focusing STEM efforts in the state around a common agenda, CSLNet endeavored to have a statewide and national impact on STEM education.
CSLNet’s vision was for all students in California to have the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in education, work and their daily lives. In particular, CSLNet was focused on those students who have been historically underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields, including girls and students of color. CSLNet worked to help California prepare the nation’s most STEM-capable graduates, by raising awareness, expanding access to STEM education and increasing the number of students pursuing STEM-related credentials, degrees and careers.
While CSLNet made significant progress on these goals, in 2015 its board of directors determined that it would be more effective for the organization to pursue these objectives under the umbrella of a larger organization. With that purpose in mind, CSLNet was re-cast as a project of Children Now and renamed The California STEM Network.
In the summer of 2016, the California STEM Network was officially re-launched with a new executive director and with a renewed focus on improving STEM outcomes in California.