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NCTL Advances STEM

January 20, 2016

In October 2015, Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis met with U.S. Senator Edward Markey (see photo with NCTL team), U.S. Representative Paul Tonko, and key congressional education committee staff. He also met with the Greek Ambassador to the U.S., Christos P. Panagopoulos, and important contacts at the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Education, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

In every case, Miaoulis discussed the importance of STEM (science, education, engineering, and technology) education, our efforts to introduce K-12 and informal engineering and computer science education, and how we might best collaborate going forward.

As the December 9 NCTL E-NEWS reported, Congress adopted and President Obama signed a major overhaul to the existing No Child Left Behind law, entitled, "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA). The National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) championed its STEM-related provisions.

In addition, Congress finished its FY16 appropriations work, and most of the STEM programs the NCTL supported received either modest increases or level funding. The President also signed this omnibus funding agreement into law. The NCTL is pleased with increases at the National Science Foundation for formal and informal K-12 education, the continued funding of the U.S. Department of Education Math Science Partnerships program with a request to address engineering, level funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's STEM Education and Accountability Projects and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Awards educational programs, modest increases at the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and retention of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration educational grants.

The NCTL will continue to work in Washington, DC, and nationwide to advance engineering and computer science education in schools and informal learning environments. It looks forward to working with its partners worldwide to enhance technological literacy and integrated STEM education for all.

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