EvanSTEM seeks to improve access and engagement for students who have traditionally underperformed or have been underrepresented in STEM programs. This community collaboration, among organizations across Evanston, aims to connect and coordinate STEM education providers in their efforts to do so. Led by the city's K-8 school district, District 65, and initially funded by the Noyce Foundation, EvanSTEM is working to address opportunity gaps in Evanston and specifically targets the 40% of Evanston students who come from underserved backgrounds and low-income households.
The project is a STEMecosystems Community of Practice and supported by partners including Evanston Public Library, YMCA, and Northwestern's Office for Community Education Partnerships.
Science in Society staff serve on the EvanSTEM Board of Directors, and the center is actively involved in the initiative’s programs and development projects. The center houses a dedicated staff member, the D65 Partnership Coordinator, which supports the EvanSTEM group and fosters partnerships between Northwestern and D65. This staff member is embedded at D65 to better identify and execute on opportunities for collaboration between Northwestern and D65 schools and teachers. Find out more about the Coordinator's work in the district here.