In 2020, the Louisiana Board of Regents created a nine-region, statewide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (LaSTEM) network whereby multi-parish collectives expand access to STEM education and pave the way towards a more inclusive and equitable STEM workforce. Each Regional STEM Center inculcates STEM culture and promotes activities that raise STEM awareness, participation, achievement and career opportunities by way of its networks of educators, business leaders, STEM professionals, and community leaders.
The Capital Area STEM Network Center maintains this vision through its service as a trusted STEM resource that engages students, families, educators, and the entire community. We embrace:
- Broad family and community support for STEM education
- STEM education from early childhood through college and employment
- A systemic approach that integrates STEM within schools and districts, including out-of-school-time settings
- Partnerships between business, industry, and the greater community for PK-16 career-building engagement and programming
- Opportunities that provide STEM educators and education leaders ways to improve their content knowledge and pedagogical skills
- Equitable access to and inclusion in STEM for underrepresented students—so they may think of themselves as STEM earners and develop an identity as someone who knows about, uses, and sometimes contributes to STEM.
The Capital Area STEM Network Center is hosted by the LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, and is located on the LSU campus. Region two encompasses these seven parishes:
- East Baton Rouge
- Pointe Coupee
- West Baton Rouge
- West Feliciana
We're Part of a Larger STEM Learning Ecosystem
In our commitment to STEM education, we maintain official membership with the national STEM Ecosystems Community of Practice, a Global Community of Practice with extensive sharing of resources and expertise among leaders from education, business and industry, non-profits, and philanthropy. Our work also directly aligns with the priorities outlined by the National Science and Technology Council's Strategic Plan for STEM Education.