critical, said Walker. “We all have very similar goals,” she said. “We need to find those goals and work together through them.”

Finally, Peck emphasized the passion of everyone at the convocation and the surprising degree of unanimity among the participants. Even though the idea of collaboration can raise the concern that the efforts of one sector will be co-opted to meet the immediate needs of another, the commitment of the convocation participants to collaboration was inspiring, energizing, and eye-opening, she said.


This report of the convocation summarizes the presentations, discussions, and reports to the plenary group by representatives of the breakout sessions. After this introductory chapter, Chapter 2 frames the problems the convocation was designed to address and ways of solving those problems. Chapter 3 provides four different perspectives on how better to integrate STEM learning systems. Chapter 4 examines the implications of such integration for research and for policy.

Chapters 5 and 6 summarize the main conclusions of breakout groups that discussed both particular issues and next steps in fostering collaboration among the informal, afterschool, and formal STEM education sectors. Chapter 7 compiles comments and reflections of convocation participants over the course of the event. Appendix A provides details of the convocation agenda, and Appendix B is a list of convocation attendees. Appendix C contains brief biographies of committee members and convocation presenters.

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