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White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to students in the Oval Office of the White House.

The Trump administration has announced a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering, and math education, issuing a call to action for nationwide collaboration among students, families, educators, communities, and employers.

Credit: Alex Brando/AP

The Trump administration has announced a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, issuing a call to action for nationwide collaboration among students, families, educators, communities, and employers.

The administration's goal has three facets: for every American to master basic STEM concepts in order to respond to technological change; to increase access to STEM among historically underserved students; and to encourage students to pursue STEM careers.

Achieving these goals requires strengthening partnerships between schools, businesses, nonprofits, and others in order to leverage resources and expertise in the STEM field, according to the White House.

The plan also urges educators to make STEM "more meaningful and inspiring" through strategies like project-based learning, science fairs, robotics clubs, invention challenges, and gaming workshops.

One of the major challenges White House officials see in fulfilling the mission is a lack of STEM teachers in grades K-12.

From U.S. News & World Report
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