Feds plan to bring new STEM partnerships to students

Engaging students during out-of-school time is an important tool for supporting all students learning in STEM subjects. Through these efforts:

  • The National Park Service (NPS) will introduce environmental monitoring and citizen science programs at 11 schools overseen by the Bureau of Indian Education. The schools will work with park rangers as well as Hands on the Land, a national network of classrooms and resources that connect students to public lands, to bring their expertise to student learning.
  • IMLS will support STEM-focused making and tinkering activities, building on enthusiasm for the “maker movement,” at 25 schools and organizations across California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
  • NASA will support students as they work through one of six design and engineering challenges that scientists may face in navigating the solar system. Building on last year’s efforts, students and support staff will interact directly with NASA engineers and scientists at up to 80 schools and organizations across 10 states.

The 21st CCLC program was created as part of the 1994 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who believed that “full educational opportunity” should be “our first national goal.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has hearkened back to that goal by calling to replace the outmoded No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and to create a new ESEA that moves America closer to the promise of equity and real opportunity for every child.

For more information on how the 21st CCLC program and the interagency collaboration contribute to this vision, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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