DoD STEM’s Partners

Quality STEM exploration requires collaboration.

DoD STEM’s network of partners includes academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations, local government, and federal government.

Children working together.

DSEC Partners

The Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Consortium (DSEC) is a collaborative partnership that aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend our Nation. By addressing and prioritizing critical STEM challenges, DoD is investing in evidence-based approaches to inspire and develop the Nation’s science and technology workforce. The consortium is aligned to the Federal STEM Education Strategic plan.

DSEC seeks to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. This multi-year effort includes elements focused on STEM enrichment programs for students and educators, STEM workforce engagement, program evaluation, and public outreach.

These efforts will allow DoD to improve access for students to pursue STEM careers and consider DoD laboratories as a place of employment. Through strategic investment in STEM education and outreach activities, the effort will provide students with more exposure to educational and career opportunities, as well as DoD research.

DSEC Base Year (2019–20) Evaluation Data Chapter

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DSEC Fundamentals

Engage students and educators in meaningful STEM experiences.

DSEC will engage K-16 students and educators in meaningful formal and informal DoD STEM learning experiences.

Serve students who are military-connected and underrepresented in STEM.

DSEC will focus on serving students who are underrepresented in STEM (as defined by DoD STEM).

Connect to the DoD STEM workforce.

DSEC will ensure STEM experiences are connected to the DoD STEM workforce and DoD careers.

How will DSEC support these three priorities in a unique and innovative way?

Leverage the network as a force multiplier.

DSEC will leverage the consortium as a force multiplier to amplify the reach, visibility, and outcomes of DoD STEM.

Evolve the approach based on data.

DSEC will use a data-driven approach to evolve and evaluate how DSEC operates over time to ensure positive outcomes for students and educators.