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STEM Education Act Signed Into Law

October 20, 2015

"We are thrilled that President Obama signed the bipartisan STEM Education Act of 2015 (H.R.1020) into law on October 7," said Museum of Science president Ioannis Miaoulis. The bill was introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.).

To ensure that students are educated in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as computer science, the National Center for Technological Literacy® worked with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Science, Space & Technology Committee Ranking Member Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-03) on meaningful language in support of informal science learning.

The law states that the National Science Foundation shall continue to award competitive, merit-reviewed grants to support research and development of innovative out-of-school STEM learning and the design and testing of innovative learning models, programs, and other resources to improve STEM learning outcomes and increase engagement for K-12 students, educators, and the general public.

Grants to support informal STEM education programs will help improve our understanding of how to best engage K-12 students in STEM subjects, and improve their learning outcomes. Expanding the role of informal learning environments will also expand and grow students' participation in STEM fields.

"We must prepare our students for degrees in STEM subjects to ensure that they have the ability to thrive in today's technology-based economy," said Rep. Smith. "Unfortunately, America lags behind many other nations when it comes to STEM education. The STEM Education Act expands the definition of STEM, encourages students to study these subjects, and trains more teachers."

Rep Esty said, "Enactment of our bipartisan STEM Education Act demonstrates that we can work together to help our students thrive and to help ensure that they are prepared for the careers of tomorrow. This bill strengthens our efforts at the federal level and ensures that critical computer science skills are included among STEM subjects."

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