The North Louisiana STEM Alliance is a community of practice recognized by the STEM Funder’s Network STEM Learning Ecosystems ( Sci-Port Discovery Center is the host organization with Dr. Heather Kleiner as the leader. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Who We Are


Since 2016, the NLSA collaborated on more than 84 programs, serving at least 25,000 individuals for a total of 49,000 contact hours. These activities include Professional Development workshops, student workshops, field trips, IMAX movies, summer camps, coding, robotics, festivals, faires, and environmental education/clean ups. We are eager to continue serving more students and teachers in North Louisiana. 

Why Join?


Numerous benefits! Networking, collaborating, sharing resources. You will be given access to the national community of practice site where many more resources can be found. Please contact Dr. Heather Kleiner at or for information. 

Enlightened Self-Interest


Our Mission: As a community of educators, parents and civic advocates, unified to connect students to the 21st century workforce, we focus on improving STEM education for our students through achieving math proficiency as well as increasing awareness of and access to STEM opportunities in the community. .



Our Goal: is to coordinate efforts of diverse stakeholders in North Louisiana to provide high quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, including the arts, to all youth PK-16 regardless of zip code. 

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North Louisiana STEM Alliance

How to Join

Currently, membership in the North Louisiana STEM Alliance is free. You just need to share our mission and philosophy of enlightened self-interest.