To encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our schools and give our students a leg up in the 21st Century, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has cosponsored a pair of bills to encourage STEM education in schools.
“We need to help our schools move into the 21st Century,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “If our kids are going to compete in the global economy then we need a focused emphasis on STEM education. These bills will allow the federal government to work with our schools to help prepare a curriculum that includes a strong STEM element.”
The two bills Davis is cosponsoring are:
The Stepping Up to STEM Act would establish an Office of STEM Education within the Department of Education that ensures our children’s competitiveness in the global economy, encourage greater collaboration between private and public partnerships and create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education (ARPA-Ed) to provide grant funding in order to develop educational technology innovations that will help school districts with federal reporting requirements.
The Elementary Educator STEM Content Coach Act would provide in-house school experts to facilitate the integration of STEM across a wide curriculum. These professionals would work collaboratively to develop the STEM skills and competencies of the entire teaching staff.
Currently, to encourage students to stretch their STEM muscles, Davis is hosting the first 53rd Congressional District STEM App Competition. Interested students can get more information at Davis’s website.