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ASLA Brings Landscape Architecture to D.C.-Area Students and Teachers at Annual STEM Summit

Photo Credit: Lisa J. Jennings

Students and teachers gathered at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. to take part in the DC STEM Network’s DC STEM Summit. The DC STEM Summit is an opportunity for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning. Attendees participated in educational sessions and networked with local STEM advocates during the event. The goal of the Summit is to increase access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities for students in the District of Columbia.

More than half the careers fueling the growth of U.S. cities require proficiency in STEM-related subjects. In 2014, only half the students in the District met STEM proficiency standards, leaving most students unprepared to fill these positions.

As a member of the DC STEM Network, ASLA joined a community of more than 200 leaders and community partners in the District dedicated to inspiring and preparing local youth to succeed, lead, and innovate in STEM fields. ASLA is committed to working working with the DC STEM Network and STEM groups throughout the District to increase awareness of landscape architecture as a STEM discipline and improve public understanding of the profession.

During the Summit, attendees participated in breakout sessions focused on three strands: The State of STEM Pre-K through Grade 8, STEM Leaders for Today and Tomorrow, and City of the Future: Developing the STEM Workforce. Topics highlighted a variety of subjects on environmental literacy, health and sustainability, student engagement in STEM, teacher support, and more. These interactive sessions allowed partner representatives to network with each other while learning innovative ways to increase access to STEM opportunities for students.

“This event was a wonderful demonstration of not only partner engagement but partner commitment to DC-area students and teachers,” said Lisa, J. Jennings, ASLA’s Career Discovery and Diversity Manager. “ASLA will continue to explore STEM education challenges in the city and learn from local and national best practices in STEM learning.”

How your ASLA chapter can get involved with STEMx:
  • Click here and see if your state is among the 19 state STEMx networks. If your state is within the network, click onto your state and learn about their structure and initiatives. You may find that their efforts are led by your local university.
  • Place a call or send an email to their point of contact. Inform them that ASLA headquarters is a member of the DC STEM Network and express your interest in joining their local network.
  • While you wait for a response, explore the benefits of working within this state-wide STEMx network. 
  • Explore Tools & Resources, using Topic and Grade Level filters, as you consider your state’s needs. 
  • Email Career Discovery and Diversity and let us know how we can help or if you still have questions.
  • Let us know about your chapter’s Career Discovery and Diversity efforts using #ASLACareerDiscovery!
About the DC STEM Network
The DC STEM Network is member of the STEMx™ network, a multi-state STEM network which provides an accessible platform to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow’s innovators. The network is composed of 19 state STEM networks.

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