An Introduction to America’s Strategy for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs arose from the 1976 creation of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Administered by the National Science and Technology Council the legislation is the principal means the Executive Branch of the United States coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal research and development enterprise.
OSTP provides the Executive Office with advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of the economy, national security, homeland security, health, foreign relations, the environment and the technological recovery and use of resources, among other topics.
How STEM Became Reality
Created within the America Competes Re-authorization Act of 2010, the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Committee was conceived and tasked to review educational programs, investments, and activities to ensure economic and opportunity effectiveness.
To remain current, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the STEM education strategic plan is updated every five years. This review ensures the promotion of a vision where all Americans have lifelong access to high quality education and the United States is the global leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy, innovation and employment.
STEM strengthens the Federal government’s commitment to equity and diversity and through evidenced based practices engages and supports a “nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities and employers.” The program is a beacon for communities at large to pursue and apply advancements that benefit all members of society inclusive of white collar and trade centered occupations.
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