The ND STEM Ecosystem began as a “Network” in 2009, seeking consultation which originated with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) organized by the Valley City State University STEM Center Director Don Mugan and Asst. Director Don Fischer. A foundation of state metrics was determined and regional hubs were established in the northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, and tribal communities. A state STEM Network kickoff was held in Fargo, to which individuals with an interest in, and passion for, STEM education were invited.

Additional STEM-related agencies, including Lego®, TIES, Microsoft, ND State University, Wahpeton School of Science, and the PAST Foundation, joined the meeting to reinforce the Network’s efforts to carry the mission to all parts of the state. Thereafter, the Network held regional meetings in an effort to build relationships between all sectors in our state.

The current Board of Directors consists of individuals representing K-12 education, higher education (research and graduate institutions), industry, informal education, and state and local government.