Our philosophy of collective impact is that of enlightened self-interest, in which we share resources with other key stakeholders in the community for the greater good, which eventually serves all of us well. The North Louisiana STEM Alliance has created an asset map, gap analysis, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, and SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound) goal planning through the assistance of our national organization (STEM Learning Ecosystems www.stemecosystems.org) and the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES).
This is a training program in which offenders in the Caddo Correctional Center’s Work Re-entry program are trained to engage their own children in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Offenders receive up to 12 contact hours of professional development training and 12 contact hours with their children to practice their techniques. Originally supported by the Beaird Family Foundation; currently funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The fourth-annual Shreveport-Bossier Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Agricultural Building at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 3701 Hudson Avenue in Shreveport. The event is organized by a passionate team of professionals looking to enrich STEAM programming in North Louisiana, including members from NWLA Makerspace, Sci-Port, the North Louisiana STEM Alliance, Caddo Parish Parks & Recreation.
GSK Science in the Summer™ is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK, in partnership with The Franklin Institute. Sci-Port Discovery Center implements this curriculum with our Community Partners: Bossier BLAST, Plant a Seed in our Youth Foundation, Bernstein Development, Inc., VOA-Lighthouse, Boys and Girls Club - Salvation Army, Caddo Parish Homeless Education Enhancement Program, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines.
Education Week came out and interviewed and published a national article on one of the Bossier Schools Summer Blast camps we did through GSK Science in the Summer so far this summer!
Since the national expansion of GSK Science in the Summer in 2015, Sci-Port has worked with 8 different Community Partners and served over 2,500 underprivileged youth (grades 2nd - 6th), with another 400 youth signed up for the remainder of the summer. Every year, program themes alternate: chemistry, physical science, the Science of Sports, the Science of Space, and the Science of Me.
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