Building the STEM Ecosystem for our state

STEM Ecosystems

What is the vision

Our vision is to unlock the STEM potential across every region of Alabama, achieved through collaborative efforts with stakeholders statewide. The Alabama STEM Council has crafted the blueprint for our state’s STEM Ecosystems, encompassing diverse participants, from schools and community-based organizations to after-school and summer programs, science centers, museums, and beyond.

At the core of our vision are Design Principles that serve as the driving force, steering the efforts of these STEM Ecosystems. With an unwavering commitment to these principles, we envision a future where innovation thrives, opportunities flourish, and the potential of STEM education reaches every Alabamian.

The Alabama STEM Council is actively establishing hubs of STEM activities statewide by creating a network of interconnected STEM Learning Ecosystems (SLE) accessible to all Alabamians. These efforts ensure equitable access to STEM resources and opportunities, developing a skilled workforce for the future.

Design Principles will guide the work of the STEM Ecosystems.

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Design Principles


Define and utilize common vocabulary and a shared undersetanding of the purpose of transdisciplinary STEM educationand the measures of success.


Create and regularly engage groups of interdependent, cross-sector STEM stakeholders


Identify and remove barriers to students' and educators' sense of belonging in STEM in order to create an equitable, inclusive, culturally relevant, environment for STEM learning for all


Champion students' STEM competence, self-efficacy, and voice.


Support and invest in world-class, transdisciplinary STEM educators and STEM educator supports and programs


Make authentic connections between informal and formal STEM learning environments


Promote economic development through strong STEM workforce development, alignment with evolving industry needs, and local to global business industry connections


Prioritize data-driven decision-making to ensure actions and systems are being measured, evaluated, and iterated


Establish clear Alabama STEM Ecosystem operations including processes, resources, leadership, accountability, and sustainability

For more information about Overall STEM Learning Incentives, contact:

Rene McNeal
STEM Learning Ecosystem Coordinator

Regions 1 & 2:
Meghan Curry Parks | 

Region 3:
Hope Whiteside  |
Destiny Langford |

Region 4:
Bernadette Forrest |

Region 5:
Bernadette Forrest |
Hope Whiteside |

Region 6:
Rene McNeal |

Region 7:
Destiny Langford |

National Ecosystem Map pinpointing Alabama's program

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Alabama STEM Ecosystems is one of several state participants throughout the country.  Individuals who are interested in learning more about STEM Ecosystems can visit the National STEM Ecosystems page at