AIU Educator Named 2021 PSAYDN STEM Ambassador

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Michael Fierle, director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) Math & Science Collaborative, was recently named a 2021 Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) STEM Ambassador to help advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education policy in Pennsylvania.

Fierle and more than two-dozen other educators from across the state will take part in a two-day virtual training in March to help increase their understanding of the legislative process, strengthen their policy engagementskills to advance STEM policy and inspire students to pursue related careers.

To date, STEM Ambassadors have supported successful advocacy efforts totaling more than $70 million over two years for numerous related initiatives, including PAsmart, according to PSAYDN.

Fierle said he looks forward to developing skills to expand access to high-quality STEM education to all learners, including under-represented communities.

“STEM literacy is essentially a currency that far too many people lack, particularly people of color, high-needs (and) under-served populations,” Fierle said. “Without this essential currency, they will continue to be left behind and not have equal access to opportunities.”

Fierle has been with the AIU Math & Science Collaborative since 2004 and has served as director of the collaborative since 2015. He was previously Supervisor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Mt. Lebanon School District and was a mathematics teacher for 8 years in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The Math & Science Collaborative is a program of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit focusing on STEM education. The MSC brings innovative and effective approaches in curriculum and instruction to the region, preparing educators to support all students for work and career in the 21st century.

For more information about the Math & Science Collaborative, please visit AIUMSC.net.