What is CESLN?
The Colorado Experiential STEM Learning Network (CESLN) was created by XSci, the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative at the University of Colorado Boulder. XSci uncovers the ways educators and students construct extraordinary science learning experiences for themselves and their peers. Their research shows that experiential science learning is all about personal close encounters with the content, processes, and emotions of science. It is a philosophy that emphasizes learning from direct first-person experience and a holistic perspective that includes the self-construction of knowledge as well as emotions, attitudes and beliefs that combine to form a learner’s “science identity.” The CESLN is a network of like-minded educators and professionals whose goal is to infuse experiential learning theory into STEM education.
The STEMx Connection
In 2012, The CESLN joined forces Battelle's STEMx initiative, forming a 13 state STEM network. STEMx is designed to increase awareness, and provide more STEM opportunities and resources for teachers and students across the country. STEMx connects states and their stakeholders from across K-12 and higher education, business, government, philanthropy and the community to impact STEM education and workforce development. The Network’s core work of education, engagement, and exchange will be propelled by an accessible technology platform enabling states to share, analyze, and disseminate quality STEM education ideas, tools and practices. Through this process, STEMx will amplify innovative and transformative work already underway in member states.