New Bill Introduced in Congress to Improve STEM Education in Rural Communities
Jan 18, 2021
According to the bill’s sponsors, the legislation:
- Supports research and development activities to improve understanding of the challenges rural communities are facing in providing and sustaining quality STEM education.
- Promotes the development of best practices to help schools combine online STEM education with hands-on training and apprenticeships.
- Addresses obstacles to rural STEM education, including reduced connectivity and the lack of broadband access by establishing a working group to set key research priorities for improving broadband access so rural communities
- Directs the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish a prize competition to stimulate innovations in technologies to deploy broadband connectivity to underserved rural communities.
- Supports training opportunities for rural educators at Federal Laboratories and universities.
- Broadens the participation of rural students in STEM by giving students direct access to the STEM knowledge present in their communities and local environment.
ASME’s “Strengthening Pre-College STEM Education in the United States as a Technology Literacy and Workforce Imperative” Position Statement can be read here: https://www.asme.org/getmedia/79342614-f561-4aae-9123-395aae418762/ps20-15-asme-pre-college-stem-position-paper-2020.pdf.