US STEM Policy

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US STEM Policy

The vision of the U.S. Federal STEM Education 5-year strategic plan is to ensure a future where all Americans have lifetime access to high-quality STEM education and the United States is the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment. Additionally, the strategic plan defined three aspirational goals for achieving the vision of the strategic plan, i.e., "building a strong foundation for STEM literacy, increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM, and preparing the STEM workforce for the future." A detailed review of the research findings follows below.

GOALS AND APPROACHES OF STEM ADMINISTRATION FOR STEM EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES

VISION

  • The overarching vision for the STEM administration is "a future where all Americans have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States is the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment."
  • This plan was released in December 2018, by the Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) as the U.S. Federal STEM Education 5-year strategic.
  • The urgency felt in this statement targeted various communities, families, learners, their educators, and even employers. It was a nationwide call to action that was intended to inspire national collaboration.
  • Their vision became the STEM community’s “North Star” on the journey toward the success of the United States, and in areas of education, literacy, innovation, and employment.
  • STEM education focused on ensuring that the United States stay at the forefront of technological innovation and discovery, as it also addresses the needs of the American people.
  • The three goals of CoSTEM within the STEM education strategic plan are outlined below.

GOALS

  • The 5-year strategic plan defined three aspirational goals, i.e., "building a strong foundation for STEM literacy, increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM, and preparing the STEM workforce for the future." These goals were defined as a roadmap towards achieving the vision as put forth by the Committee on STEM Education, and are outlined below:

1. TO BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR STEM LITERACY

2. TO INCREASE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN STEM

3. TO PREPARE THE STEM WORKFORCE FOR THE FUTURE
  • To achieve this goal, "an authentic learning experience that encourages and prepares learners to pursue STEM careers" should be created, as this would result in a diverse talent pool of STEM-literate American citizens that are prepared for the future.

PATHWAYS


1. DEVELOP AND ENRICH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

2. ENGAGE STUDENTS WHERE DISCIPLINES CONVERGE

3. BUILD COMPUTATIONAL LITERACY

4. OPERATE WITH TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

CONCLUSION ON PATHWAYS

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