What is the North Louisiana STEM Alliance?

Part of something bigger


The North Louisiana STEM Alliance is a community of practice recognized by the STEM Funder’s Network STEM Learning Ecosystems (www.stemecosystems.org). Sci-Port Discovery Center is the host organization with Heather Kleiner, Ph.D. as the leader. 

What we do


Since 2016, the NLSA collaborated on more than 70 programs, serving at least 22,000 individuals for a total of 39,000 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 now beginning our fourth year to serve more students and teachers in North Louisiana. 

How to join


Please contact Dr. Heather Kleiner at hkleiner@sciport.org or nlastemalliance@gmail.com for membership. You will be given access to the national community of practice site where many more resources can be found. 

About Us

Diverse Community Partners



A STEM learning ecosystem encompasses schools, community settings such as after-school and summer programs, science centers and museums, and informal experiences at home and in a variety of environments that together constitute a rich array of learning opportunities for young people. A learning ecosystem harnesses the unique contributions of all these different settings in symbiosis to deliver STEM learning for all children. Designed pathways enable young people to become engaged, knowledgeable and skilled in the STEM disciplines as they progress through childhood into adolescence and early adulthood. 

Stem For All



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. 

Enlightened Self-Interest

Demetrius Norman of the NWLA Makerspace demonstrating 3D printing at the SLECoP in New Orleans


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. 

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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.

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