A system does not exist that captures all the high-quality STEM programs in the Greater Omaha area and allows easy access for the community members. In addition, there is not a clearly defined assessment tool utilized across the city that defines key aspects of ‘high quality.’ Currently, STEM pathways from pre-school to career, are not clearly defined and are operating in silos.
The High Quality STEM Programs Committee is committed to identifying and promoting quality STEM programs through a standardized self-identifying tool and capturing STEM programs and resources for easy access within the community. A cornerstone of the STEM Ecosystem is to develop an on-line resource and access to programs for all members in the Greater Omaha area community. Future work of this committee is to review those existing STEM pathways, PK-16th grade, that can lead to career opportunities and fill in blanks where programs do not exist.
Jim Dennell BCDM Architects
Executive Committee Advisers:
Michael Flesch Metropolitan Community College
Neal Grandgenett University of NE at Omaha
Pam Ashley Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Mike Baldino Baldino Enterprises, Inc.
Rosemary Edzie NU Foundation – Buffet Early Childhood
Tracie Reding UNO-STEM Outreach
Pat Thraen Peter Kiewit Foundation