Ron Ottinger

Guest Blogger

Director of STEM Next Opportunity Fund

San Diego, California

Ron Ottinger has been the catalyst for, and at the center of, nearly every major informal and out-of-school STEM learning initiative in the United States. 
 
Ottinger continues the legacy of the informal STEM learning efforts he began as the executive director of the Noyce Foundation. For nearly a decade, Ottinger led the Noyce Foundation’s informal and out-of-school-time science initiatives. At Noyce, Ottinger oversaw the investment of $75 million in groundbreaking efforts marrying after-school and science learning. 
 
Indeed, Noyce is widely credited with changing the conversation in this country about where young people can learn STEM-related concepts. Through targeted and strategic funding, Noyce demonstrated that STEM learning was indeed possible beyond schools. And, by getting people who had never worked together before to find ways to collaborate, Noyce was able to create systems of STEM learning that have inspired millions of young people to learn STEM and see themselves in STEM careers.

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Posted Aug. 28, 2017

We Need to Give Low-Income Kids a Chance at High-Tech Futures, and After-School Programs Can Help

STEM education—science, technology, engineering, and math—has become a national priority. STEM jobs are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs in…

By Kevin Washington, Ron Ottinger

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Posted Feb. 4, 2016

Closing the Belief Gap With STEM

“I believe you can be…an astronaut, a scientist, an inventor, a coder….” Belief is a powerful word. It inspires, motivates…

By Ron Ottinger

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