San Antonio Moves to Enter 'STEM Ecosystem'

City officials, as well as education and business groups, are working together to boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in area classrooms, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Ravae Shaffer with the Education Service Center says it will connect libraries, schools, and universities to come up with the answers to real world questions kids ask.

"We want them to experience math, science and social studies in the real world," she said.  "The ask 'why do I need to learn this,' that is a question that they ask every single day."

The effort is expected to make San Antonio one of a handful of cities who are part of the STEM Ecosystem, a designation that will elevate existing programs and increase collaboration between education and industry leaders working to close workforce gaps.

The STEM Ecosystem designation is expected to make San Antonio more attractive to new tech and biotech firms, as well as to increase the available workers in an industry which is always lamenting a lack of skilled employees.

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