The Research & Development STEM Learning Exchange
The Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) was selected to lead the R&D Learning Exchange as part of the state’s Illinois Pathways – Race to the Top Program. The idea behind a learning exchange is simple: it brings interested learners together with organizations that can provide unique opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
Key Initiatives of the R&D STEM Learning Exchange
The R&D STEM Learning Exchange will provide a place where students, educators, industry, non-profits and philanthropy can visit and will build the pipeline for STEM careers in Illinois by:
- Better supporting local schools, postsecondary institutions, and programs to enable learners to explore their academic and career interests in STEM
- Improving coordination of public and private investment in STEM college and career-readiness
- Coordinating and amplifying workplace learning experiences, hands-on experiences, professional development opportunities, STEM challenges, and curricular resources for students and teachers across the state