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Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need.

The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System adds 13 more magnificent educators to our CapitalOne STEM Teaching Fellows. Once again, we thank CapitalOne for their support of our educators in the East Baton Rouge School System.

Turns out, helping others can actually help you live longer. You heard that right: the key to a long and fruitful life might exist in what you give, not in what you get.

Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.

A fun filled Saturday for the FEBRSS and GenReady at the B.I.G. event at LSU.

High School girls can participate for our upcoming Hackathon. Hackathons are creative problem solving events, where teams select an issue that is relevant in our community and HACK ideas for solving it.

The United States Naval Academy is partnering with the Scholars Laboratory and BRCC for a Mini STEM camp on October 5th.

Teachers - Win up to $5,000 for your Classroom to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to life. DEADLINE EXTENDED TILL SEPTEMBER 11TH!

The Knock Knock Children’s Museum is organizing its 3rd annual Knock Knock Cardboard Challenge Arcade.

SQL Saturday Youth Trak was a tremendous success. Each scholar left with knowledge they can carry for a life time about Digital Citizenship, coding and teamwork. While parents to part in the many seminars their scholars were learning how to be be safe online, and stand up to cyberbullies.

Lunch with the Supe is an intimate luncheon provides an opportunity to hear directly from Superintendent Warren Drake about the most pressing issues of East Baton Rouge Parish School System. 

Join us for Lunch with the Supe on Tuesday, November 27.
This intimate luncheon provides an opportunity to hear directly from Superintendent Warren Drake about the most pressing issues of East Baton Rouge Parish School System. 

Future scientists are sitting in East Baton Rouge Parish classrooms today! Funding from ExxonMobil is providing hands-on student experiences in biology classes at Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

A program that's already seen success in East Baton Rouge Parish is expanding. The goal is to give high school students a head start in landing quality careers.

The faces of future leaders are getting a golden chance to learn about science and engineering in the workplace while still in high school.

“The National Science Foundation says that this year, we're going to have a million unfilled jobs, a million unfilled jobs in STEM related careers,” said Congressman Garret Graves.

Graves had a strong message at the launch for GEN READY, an initiative focusing on increasing knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program, originally called the BR STEM Network, will now expand to ten other parishes. It will also create more partnerships with businesses and industry leaders.

“A dream is hollow, it's only an idea if we don't actually have the capacity, the content, the skills to fulfill it,” said Graves.

For many young students, those dreams and hopes are becoming a reality.

The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System is hosting the launch of GEN READY, A Capital Area STEM Collaborative. The launch event will highlight the GEN READY Education to Employment Roadmap based on best practices that will meet the accelerating demand for STEM skills and specific STEM jobs in our region.

The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System is seeking proposals from educators in elementary, middle and high schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System to implement high-quality, innovative STEM programs.

Funding to support projects in classrooms, across grade levels or even school-wide is available through a generous grant from ExxonMobil. Grants will be made available to classroom teachers or to schools. Grant awards may range from $250-$10,000 per project. Projects must be innovative and have potential for replication in other schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Projects should focus on increasing student interest and engagement in STEM.

Libby Witte, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving the Foundation's STEMup BR mentoring program recently won second place in the National Corporation for Community Service video competition.

This month the Superintendent looks to the future of the district and will present his vision for an innovative quality public education system. The renewal of the 10 year sales tax presents a fresh perspective on a variety of topics such as the strategic plan, budget, ESSA, attendance zones, and programming. Superintendent Drake will give a detailed description of the next steps for The East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

The purpose of the STEM Teaching Fellows is to establish and support a cadre of “STEM Teaching Fellows” who, armed with content knowledge, innovative teaching strategies, and an entrepreneurial spirit, can support their colleagues and transform EBRPSS schools into institutions of innovative STEM teaching and learning. The STEM Teaching Fellows program features year-round professional development tailored to the needs and interests of the participants and collaborative resource-building and sharing activities.

Applications being accepted through May 11.

Our AmeriCorps VISTAs continue to be an invaluable asset to the work we do in our STEM mentoring programs. Currently, we have openings for our Summer Associate program, as well as year-long service members.

These girls are growing up fast and showing interest in STEM learning opportunities. For the fifth year, partners supporting IT-Girls are making sure female students have a fighting chance to live their dreams. The annual event is called IT Girls and is co-sponsored by Louisiana Women in Technology and STEMup BR.

Baton Rouge Celebrates Engineering! Engineers Week is a time for everyone to celebrate and wonder what the next big innovation will be. It’s also a great opportunity for volunteers and educators to inspire students by engaging them in hands-on engineering outreach. Show them that their school subjects can help solve real problems. And, of course, encourage them to wonder, "Is engineering my future?"

STEM is Alive and Well in the BRCVPA Library

"At recess, the library at the EBR Center for Visual and Performing Arts is jam-packed with kids. We have an open library and students come to work with robots or read or just be on their Chromebooks. It's important to me that they feel the library is THEIR space. It's a little different than the normal classroom, but I think it's my job to promote the importance of libraries and make it a place where they want to be, and to promote life-long learning. They can see this is a place where you can not just read but learn about all different kinds of things throughout your whole life."

The STEM Fellows is a project of the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System made possible by a generous grant from Capital One. The purpose of the initiative is to establish and support a cadre of “STEM Teaching Fellows” who, armed with content knowledge, innovative teaching strategies, and an entrepreneurial spirit, can support their colleagues and transform EBRPSS schools into institutions of innovative STEM teaching and learning. Currently, fifteen educators in East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System are named STEM Teaching Fellows.

As demonstrated at the Foundation-sponsored "Tech the Halls" elementary robotics challenge held in January, it's never to early to discover a passion for STEM and programing. The goal of the the robotics pilot program was to provide novice elementary educators with a support network for learning how to teach real-world problem solving and valuable STEM skills through LEGO robotics. At the end of the six-month pilot, an Expo was held in January where student teams across the city who worked on the “community-in-need” design challenge showcased their solutions and constructed "on-the-spot" a motorized model of their solution.

January is National Mentoring Month, STEM Mentoring for us! All it takes are youth and caring mentors sharing STEM experiences with one another. Our statistics since July 2017 to-date: VOLUNTEERS: 141 @ 1040 hours | STUDENTS SERVED: 1152

BR STEM Network Design Studio II: Sustainability by Design
A half-day process to initiate and further enhance the network strategy.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Louisiana Tech Park
7117 Florida Boulevard

Student success is ultimately measured by how well students are prepared for life after high school. At this month’s Lunch with the Supe, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent, Warren Drake will be joined by LSU President, F. King Alexander. The two will share their vision and commitment to all students to prepare and inspire them for success in college and the workforce.

Mentoring a young person in the STEM fields should start as early as pre-school, but many students have people nearby in the community who can serve as role models. Last week teams of EBR eighth graders expanded their first-hand knowledge of STEM careers by participating in EngineerIT, an environmental engineering project co-sponsored by STEMup BR and Louisiana Women in Technology. Mentors serving in this project were none other than the City of Baton Rouge’s Department of Environmental Services (DES).

In October, Knock, Knock Children’s Museum invited elementary school librarians to challenge students to design cardboard “arcade games” that could be used by children visiting the museum.

Your input on the BR STEM Assets Survey is important! Please take a few minutes to provide your perspective.

BR STEM Network is a collaborative group of individuals representing diverse organizations working to build and stimulate STEM activities in Baton Rouge from pre-K to high school and beyond to all forms of higher and continuing education. The Network has made great progress in that work to date and will continue to achieve these goals by conducting a survey to more broadly determine STEM assets in our community. We appreciate your participation and input. We will be using the findings from this survey to further refine the strategy to effectively scale STEM programming in our region.

Last week at the US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards and Symposium, IBM’s Client Innovation Center in Baton Rouge was named the “2017 Excellence in Volunteer Mobilization Award” winner. The award recognizes IBM-BR’s corporate culture for STEM mentoring and community engagement.

The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System is seeking proposals from select elementary, middle and high schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School system to implement high-quality, innovative STEM programs. Proposed projects should align with the BR STEM Network vision, goals and identified strategies.

ExxonMobil collaborated with Brookstown Middle School and Foundation for EBR Schools to develop an innovative STEM pilot project by teaching students at Brookstown Middle how to operate an Aquaponics lab. The lab features a unique mural designed by The Walls Project.

Try to imagine a world without STEM innovation - you can't do it.

STEM makes our day-to-day lives a reality. We are able to get to our jobs and school, eat delicious food, monitor our health, and communicate with friends and family across the world thanks to innovative technology. The next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs will need to apply their solid understanding of STEM disciplines to take on the toughest challenges and make the world a better place.

In celebration of Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial BATON ROUGE, (Sept. 15, 2017) – The Red Stick Project and Capital Area Transit System (CATS) are celebrating Baton Rouge's Bicentennial with an Art Contest for students. The contest celebrates 200 years of Baton Rouge’s history and future in public transportation. It embraces ALL types of public transportation.

STEM Learning Ecosystems Selects Baton Rouge Organizations to Join National Initiative and Receive Support to Build Regional Partnerships Focused on STEM Education Pathways STEM Funders Network to support the Baton Rouge STEM Learning Network in collaborations that impact youth from preschool through college and engage students during and after school...

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