About Beth Murphy
Throughout my career I’ve had a passion for bringing together individuals and organizations to support science and STEM learning in schools and in the community. This passion fuels my collaborative mindset, persistence to find ways around perceived obstacles, a commitment to outcomes-based and information-driven planning and decision-making, and a practice of learning from experience in order to always improve.
I have vivid memories of loving math as a child, which I am sure was the first step of my pathway to a career in STEM. After studying physics in college and graduate school, I started my career in higher education. Although I loved working on a college campus and with emerging scientists, it soon became clear to me that my calling was to work with younger students and the educators who support them. Through what seemed like more than a bit of serendipity, I landed a leadership-level position at The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, where I had the chance to follow my passion and develop as a leader in science and STEM education. A highlight of my work at The Bakken was collaborating with teachers, schools and districts to develop and manage science and STEM education programs for students and educators.
From 2014 to 2017, I had the great fortune of serving as the project director for STEM Pathways, a collaboration of five Twin-Cities informal STEM education organizations–working together with the Minneapolis Public Schools–to develop and test a new model for how informal STEM education organizations work together including a deliberate pathway of learning experiences over time designed to raise the access, enthusiasm, attitudes and academic achievement of young people in STEM and their preparedness for future STEM careers.
Following my passion and skills at bringing organizations together to do the best we can for science and STEM education, I launched Beth Murphy Consulting in 2016. Engaging in science and STEM education as an independent contractor allows me to work with multiple organizations and on a variety of projects, seek and act on opportunities to bring people and organizations together, and discover synergies between programs and organizations involved in science and STEM education, in and out of school and across the learning landscape.
Having started my career as a physicist, I have first-hand experience using science and engineering skills and practices. Having worked in education, I also know how these skills and practices are valuable in all kinds of careers and to the engaged citizen.
This combination of experiences has prepared me well to work with a variety of science and STEM education stakeholders to: design and implement evaluation plans and analyze findings; lead projects and teams; make evidence-based decisions; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. I am particularly interested in: designing and delivering relevant professional development for educators; leading and contributing to strategic-level program design; and using purposeful evaluation to guide program development/improvement and empower those responsible for program delivery to do their best work.
Examples of current and past clients include:
- Minnesota Independent School Forum
- National Science Teaching Association
- Science from Scientists
- STARBASE Minnesota
- The Bakken Museum
- World Savvy
- Minnesota High Tech Association
- Minneapolis and Anoka-Hennepin Public School Districts
Want to talk more about science and STEM education?
I’d love to hear from you.