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Youth  Equity + STEM

YESTEM is a 4-year Science Learning+ Partnership project funded by the National Science Foundation (US) and the Wellcome Trust (UK). YESTEM addresses fundamental equity issues in informal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. Access to, and opportunities within ISL (informal STEM learning) remain limited for youth from historically underrepresented backgrounds in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Through research and development, this project brings together researchers and practitioners to focus on the experiences, practices and tools that will support equitable youth pathways into STEM.

Working across conceptual frameworks and ISL settings (e.g. science centers, community groups, zoos) and universities in four urban contexts in two different nations, the partnership will produce a coherent knowledge base that strengthens and expands research + practice partnerships, builds capacity towards transformative research and development, and develops new models and tools in support of equitable pathways into STEM at a global level.

The project is housed at Michigan State University and University College London, and will be carried out by research + practice partnerships in 4 cities: London & Bristol, UK and Lansing, MI & Portland, OR, US. Click here to learn more about our partners.

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Illustration designed by Jane McGuinness 2017 www.janemcguinness.co.uk