From Highplains.com comes a report on the efforts by Congressional delegates from New Mexico on a STEM bill:
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Lujn, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Steve Pearce announced they have introduced a bill to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in New Mexico and the U.S.
The STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM) Act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills. It would help teachers and schools better engage students in STEM fields by providing additional STEM professional development resources and facilitating collaboration among the business and education communities in order to better identify STEM skills needed by the workforce.
"New Mexico has a rich history involving STEM fields and this bill will encourage a new generation of students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in these areas," Udall said. "As education legislation moves forward in the Senate, I will be making the case that STEM subjects should be given priority attention so our students can have the tools they need to compete an increasingly global economy." ...
The STEM Act would:
- Develop effective state STEM networks among schools, teachers, administrators, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and businesses to increase communication and collaboration in these fields;
- Establish matching grant training programs for summer institutes and other professional development enrichment programs for teachers to improve STEM education in elementary, middle and high school
- Develop a national panel to evaluate and identify rigorous K-12 STEM curricula models, including computer and/or web-based simulation education programs and kinesthetic learning.
The STEM Act is supported by Innovate-Educate N.M., the New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, Inc. (NM MESA), the New Mexico STEM Network, NM First and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
The text of the legislation can be found here.