b'21Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) participants conduct biotechnology work in the lab (left and above).Images courtesy Blonde PhotographyIn 2018, CASE, the lead partner of the DC STEM Network, was selected out of 92 nationwideThe DC STEM Network, launched in 2014, convenes entries from 35 states as a winner of the nationalmore than 250 partners locally and shares best US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge. The STEMpractices with other local and state STEM networks. Coalition Challenge seeks to increase hands-onThe Networks mission is to unite partners to design, STEM mentoring and maker-centered learningguide, and advocate for transformative STEM for underrepresented students. Through making,learning opportunities for all D.C. students. The students create new items by tinkering with basicNetwork has grown to become a one-stop STEM materials, including trash. This hands-on approacheducation shop for educators, families, and STEM is particularly effective for students not interestedprofessionals. CASE transitioned the Network to in traditional STEM classes, due to the real-worldthe next lead agency in late 2018 and will continue applications and problem-solving approach. The DCexpanding CASE student and teacher programs.STEM Network will receive a share of a $1 million award to support further innovative, STEM-based learning for D.C. students.'