STEM Partners

DOD STEM and the defense STEM education consortium (DSEC)

Aligned to the Federal STEM Education Strategic plan, the Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Consortium (DSEC) is a collaborative partnership between academia, industry, non-for-profit organizations and government 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.

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 Defense 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 Partners

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DSEC Operational Elements

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LONGITUDINAL STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

We will engage students and educators at multiple entry points across the K-16 continuum
through a connectivity initiative to build participation and deepen engagement of DoD
scientists and alumni.

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OUTREACH TO UNDERSERVED

We will cultivate STEM engagement of women and girls, traditionally underserved populations, and military dependents through an inclusion initiative focused on new outreach partners who bring expertise and credibility while expanding the pool of diverse STEM mentors.

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DoD WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT

We will sync outreach and awareness efforts with the needs of DoD STEM workforce pathways, and concentrate outreach efforts in military communities and regions surrounding DoD laboratories.

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NETWORK AS FORCE MULTIPLIER

We will leverage the breadth and diversity of our consortium to amplify impact through collaboration and an innovation initiative while enhancing STEM opportunities for students, teachers, and communities.

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DATA-BASED IMPROVEMENT

We will use purposeful evaluation and data-driven analysis to continuously improve outreach, increase participation, and strengthen impact while seeking real-world insight through a STEM advisory board.