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STEM School: STEM Articles & Opinions: The STEM Center Grant Program


Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a STEM Center Grant Program in 2007 to fund states looking to redesign K-12 education around STEM concepts, according to the NGA. The grants provide up to $500,000 for governors to initiate the creation of STEM centers.

Legislation has also been introduced in Congress to support STEM efforts:

S.3047: Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Act of 2008
  • Requires the President to establish, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM education) within the National Science and Technology Council. Establishes an Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education in the Department of Education, to be administered by an Assistant Secretary. Requires the Assistant Secretary to conduct an annual evaluation of the STEM education programs administered by the department. Requires the Secretary of Education to award a grant to establish a voluntary State Consortium on STEM Education and a grant to the National Science Digital Library to establish a National STEM Education Research Repository.
  • Introduced on May 21, 2008.
  • May 21, 2008: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2428: National STEM Scholarship Database Act
  • A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to establish and maintain a public website through which individuals may find a complete database of available scholarships, fellowships, and other programs of financial assistance in the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Introduced on Dec 06, 2007.
  • Dec 06, 2007: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Last reviewed on: 08/26/2012


AntonioSeptember 26, 2012
I learn faster did not mean that I new all the English grmmaar or rules; I learned the English language phonetics and what I mean with this is what I thought it sounded like I spoke. Even now days I find my self doing the basic computations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in spanish. Math is a language in itself what I learned in Mexico did not change what I was exposed here in the US the procedures were a little more in depth but I was capable to solve any given problem. Of course on those days we had more algorithms than world life situations. I do not recall a state mandated assessment in my high school years. I did have end of year testing. When I entered the university that was a rude awakening because I was exposed to express my mathematical concepts and to read a situational high order thinking problem situation in the Calculus and Physics classes, but oncer again the math algorithm was understood. I have witness students who attend an ESL campus and students who attend bilingual instruction and observed that students who are in an ESL campus learn quickly and are proficient in both languages. A bilingual student will achieve the same but at a slower pace.
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