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PBS Reno Vice President of Education Joins State STEM Subcommittee

RENO, NV (Oct 21, 2020) –PBS Reno is proud to announce Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education, has been selected to join the NV STEM Advisory Council’s Informal STEM Learning Environments (ISLE) subcommittee.

“The Informal STEM Learning Environments subcommittee is thrilled to include Nancy Maldonado as a member,” said Tracey Gaffney, STEM Program Manager with the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. “PBS Reno has made a notable impact across Nevada with high quality STEM programming, and Nancy will be an excellent voice on the subcommittee. We look forward to her expertise as we identify and grow informal STEM programs in Nevada.”

This subcommittee’s mission is to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) literacy in Nevada. It was formed to build bridges between informal and formal education, and supports informal programs in improving and scaling their offerings.

“I’m honored to work with such a highly regarded group,” said Maldonado. “This subcommittee has a mission that is important to me: promoting STEM literacy experiences for young learners through informal and formal education. PBS Reno continues to grow our STEM literacy-based workshops for Pre-K though 4th graders in seven northern Nevada and northeastern California school districts.”

The ISLE subcommittee is currently working on asset mapping informal STEM learning opportunities and isolating ways to scale, replicate, and pilot more programs. The ISLE subcommittee envisions a state in which informal STEM education is integrated into the system of public education in a thoughtful and systematic way, providing high-quality informal STEM experiences in every child’s education in Nevada.

“Nancy is one of our region’s educational leaders, combining her extensive in-school experience with the resources PBS Reno provides,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President & CEO. “We are very proud of her and her work here, and we are thrilled to see her recognized in this way. She will be a big asset to the subcommittee.”

About The Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT)

The Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) was created in 2015 as Nevada’s “people strategy” to support Nevada’s economic development strategy. Learn more here.

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As of January 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 122,000 people and more than 79,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with additional viewership on multicast channels Reno Create and PBS KIDS Reno. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Ready To Learn Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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