NGA, Scholastic team up to interest kids in STEM fields

In support of its “Innovation America” initiative,the National Governors Association (NGA) has launched a web site aimedat getting middle school students excited about science, technology,engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with the goal of inspiring andpreparing them to become 21st-century innovators. “We must preparestudents of today to become the innovative leaders of tomorrow,” saidArizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who developed NGA’s Innovation Americaprogram. “This web site will bring science, technology, engineering,and math to life for children, which–in turn–will give them the toolsto become innovators.” The site, which is the result of a collaborationbetween NGA and global children’s publisher Scholastic Inc., featuresstandards-based content, interactive games, a career simulator, andactivities designed to encourage students to pursue STEM fields andcareers. The site’s content is pulled from the American Museum ofNatural History, the Museum of Science in Boston, and otherinstitutions.

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