WASHINGTON (14 July 2014) -- IEEE-USA commends the House of Representatives for including computer science in the STEM Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 5031) it passed by voice vote today.
“IEEE-USA strongly supports federal, state and local efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and math education, particularly programs that increase student interest and engagement in engineering and computer science,” IEEE-USA President Gary Blank said. “A quality STEM education is critical to American innovation and creativity.”
Highlights of the STEM Education Act of 2014 include:
Broadening the definition of STEM education at NASA, NSF, NOAA, NIST, the EPA and the Department of Energy to include formal academic instruction in computer science and other subjects that build on more conventional STEM disciplines
Authorizing NSF support for informal out-of-school learning activities to enhance and improve STEM education
Making classroom teachers with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields who are pursuing master’s degrees eligible for NSF-administered Master Teaching Fellowships in exchange for a four-year commitment to teach in high-need school districts
The bill was sponsored by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and fellow House members Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Indiana), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), Dr. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Christopher Collins (R-N.Y.) and Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.)
“IEEE-USA is pleased with the bipartisan support the bill received and is hopeful that cooperation continues in the Senate,” Blank said.