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Austin Selected as only Texas Community to Join White House STEM Ecosystem Initiative

Austin ISD to partner with community organizations to improve student access to science, technology, engineering and math programs

AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz joined Austin community partners today for the kickoff of the National STEM Ecosystem Initiative at the White House.

Austin is one of 27 communities in the country, and the only one in Texas, selected to join the first group of the STEM initiative.

“There’s a reason Austin is called ‘Silicon Hills.’ Our city is one of the greatest tech hubs in the nation and it makes sense that we create an effective ecosystem to maximize student opportunities in our STEM-focused economy,” Cruz said.

The project, built on more than a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, will promote effective science, technology, engineering and math learning opportunities for all students. 

The selected sites from throughout the United States have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective Pre-K – 16 instruction in STEM learning.

The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem will enable AISD teachers and students to use the community's resources to access high-quality STEM learning experiences, and as a path to STEM career opportunities in Austin.

Read more about the initiative at


Photo: The Austin delegation in DC to kick off the STEM Ecosystem Initiative - @KDKHarman