STEM for Success is a project of the NJIT Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research (CLEAR) to bring together stakeholders, coordinate efforts, and develop needed resources and activities to promote career readiness through collaborative Technology, Engineering, Applied Arts, Math and Science (TEAMS) best practices in education.
We envision a system to broaden participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM careers. To meet the need for an innovative STEM workforce of tomorrow, we seek to foster a growth mindset, critical thinking, reflection, problem solving, leadership, communication, and collaboration skills.
STEM for Success serves as the backbone for organizations aligned with our vision to foster collaborative change through TEAMS best practices. With these partners, STEM for Success aims to build a coherent system to recruit, induct, engage, manage and facilitate learner progress through a support system of interested peers, mentors, and other stakeholders.
To enable all students to have knowledge of a variety of pathways available that align with STEM and with their passions to lead them toward future success.
The NSF INCLUDES LiFE Project:
CLEAR's STEM for Success initiative looks to serve as a clearinghouse and for organizations and individuals interested in promoting student success. CLEAR currently runs an NSF Design and Development Launch pilot as part of the NSF INCLUDES 10 Big Ideas. The Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in elementary-schools (LiFE) project was the first step of the STEM for Success project, which served as the foundation of a long-term effort to support women in STEM. Life (LiFE) is a comprehensive program bringing together iSTEAM, holistic student growth, and modern technologies to sustain girls' interests in STEM.
LiFE uses solutions-based learning; innovation, research and design showcases; and is TEAM activities to engage and sustain, elementary school girls' interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This hands-on, minds-on integrated approach, coupled with near-peer mentoring and exposure to exciting role models, provides a scale-able strategy for helping girls pursue opportunities for a successful future in STEM.
In its second year, the LiFE project works with 10 clubs in 6 districts serving nearly 1,000 students many of whom are from traditionally under-represented populations of learners.