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Trump Signs Law to Boost Girls' Access to STEM Education


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The new law seeks to improve and broaden existing U.S. National Science Foundation STEM education projects in U.S. schools

A new law aims to get more girls access to science, technology, engineering and math-focused educational opportunities.

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Late last month, U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Building Blocks of STEM Act to boost young girls' access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who introduced the bill, said she sponsored the legislation "to help break down the gender barriers that [she] faced as a woman in STEM, for current and future generations."

The new law seeks to improve and broaden existing U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM education projects in U.S. schools, through new research and grants to increase girls' participation in computer science.

The law also instructs NSF to concentrate more on pre-Kindergarten and early elementary-grade students when addressing challenges throughout the STEM environment.

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