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Federal government presents strategic plan for STEM education

December 13, 2018

Envisioning a future where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education, and where the U.S. will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation and employment, the federal government released a five-year strategic plan for STEM education. Noting that the federal government has a key role to play in furthering STEM education and removing barriers to participation in STEM careers, especially for women and other underrepresented groups, the report issues a call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities and employers.

Three goals are set forth in the report:

  1. Build a strong foundation for STEM literacy by ensuring that every American has the opportunity to master basic STEM concepts, including computational thinking, and to become digitally literate;
  2. Increase diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM; and,
  3. Prepare the STEM workforce for the future, including both college-educated STEM practitioners and those working in skilled trades that do not require a four-year degree.

The federal strategy is built on four pathways, each with a set of objectives and actions, and includes developing and enriching strategic partnerships, and engaging students where disciplines converge. The full report, Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education, is available here.

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