WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) yesterday introduced the Supporting STEM Learning Opportunities Act, bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. This bill would invest in experiential learning opportunities to strengthen the pipeline of students entering the STEM workforce, especially from traditionally underrepresented groups like women and communities of color. The legislation also seeks to address shortages in STEM expertise and strengthen innovation in the U.S. economy.
“In order for the United States to have a next-generation workforce, we must invest in students early. Increasing opportunities for young students to engage in STEM education, especially hands on experiences, will prepare them for the 21st century economy. It is for this reason, I am proud to join my colleague Senator Shaheen in introducing this legislation,” Senator Capito said.
“For the U.S. to innovate and lead the world with a robust 21st century economy, we must invest in our future creators and thinkers through STEM education. Ensuring that the pipeline of STEM workers is diverse and reflective is key, and that’s why I’m introducing this bill to ensure students in New Hampshire and across the country can engage with exciting STEM opportunities outside of the traditional classroom,” Senator Shaheen said. “I’ll remain committed to working across the aisle to ensure we’re investing in the next generation of leaders in science and innovation.”
Full text of the legislation is available here.