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Why was the STEM Education Caucus created?

Our knowledge-based economy is driven by constant innovation. The foundation of innovation lies in a dynamic, motivated and well-educated workforce equipped with STEM skills. However, the nature of our workforce and the needs of our industries have changed over time. Today, an understanding of scientific and mathematical principles, a working knowledge of computer hardware and software, and the problem solving skills developed by courses in STEM are necessary for most jobs. Therefore, STEM education is an enormous and pressing need.

In response to this need, Congressman Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO) launched the bipartisan STEM Education Caucus for Members of Congress. Dozens of Members have already joined the Caucus. Please join us.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education is responsible for providing our country with three kinds of intellectual capital:

  • Scientists and engineers who will continue the research and development that is central to the economic growth of our country
  • Technologically proficient workers who are capable of dealing with the demands of a science based, high technology workforce; and
  • Scientifically literate voters and citizens who make intelligent decisions about public policy and who understand the world around them.

Effective Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education is critical. The STEM ED Caucus seeks to strengthen STEM education at all levels (K-12, higher education and workforce) by providing a forum for Congress and the science, education and business communities to discuss challenges, problems, and solutions related to STEM education.

The STEM Ed Caucus Steering Committee website is maintained by the National Science Teachers Association.