Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) program

Ecosystems like yours are helping give the future of STEM education the PUSH it needs. Now more than ever, our systems of learning are ripe for reinvention. Too many classrooms, programs, and institutions lack the explicit equity focus needed to ensure each student succeeds. In turn, students from specific racial and ethnic groups, namely Black and Brown students, continue to be underrepresented in STEM majors and fields, creating not only a diversity deficit but a deficit of ideas and innovation needed to solve society’s most pressing problems.
the STEM PUSH Network, a National Science Foundation INCLUDES Alliance, has brought together regional STEM Learning Ecosystems, precollege STEM programs, researchers, culturally sustaining pedagogy experts, higher education admissions leaders, and other partners to create systemic change in post-secondary STEM admissions. Together, they’re addressing a key breakpoint in current learning pathways for Black and Brown students: the successful transition from precollege STEM programs to undergraduate STEM programs.
To increase the number of Black and Brown students pursuing STEM by reinventing the relationship between precollege STEM programs and higher education admissions.