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Stories about STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a set of related academic disciplines commonly associated with innovation and sought-after careers. Some regions and school districts focus heavily on these fields, and in others, a lack of funding, staffing or student interest has become a concern.

Several state governors met in Boston Thursday to discuss the need for schools to focus on science, technology, engineering and math — particularly computer science — to fill jobs that will otherwise have to be exported.
A recent professional development program in Iowa's Cedar Rapids Community School District coached educators on incorporating 3D printers, electronic cutting machines and green screen video technology into lessons.
A new $80 million Innovation Campus in Brawley, Calif., will be part of broader efforts to create a highly skilled local workforce to meet a growing demand for lithium, a key component in rechargeable batteries.
About 60 percent of STEM graduates from the city's two major universities stay in Louisiana five years after earning their degrees, but experts say digital equity and reaching kids at a young age could improve retention.
Staff at the Alabama elementary school had been planning for four years to build a STEM lab, and now a $25,000 grant will afford them materials including a makerspace cart, robots, drones and coding lessons.
The California-based energy utility's annual Better Together STEM Scholarship Program will give 20 scholarships of $10,000 each and 20 awards of $2,500 each based on academic achievement, leadership and financial need.
An event Jack Barstow Municipal Airport in Michigan, hosted by a senior from H.H. Dow High School, showed more than 100 elementary students how deeply STEM and technology are integrated into aviation.
The training program from the university and nonprofit Generation USA will provide students with tuition-free online courses that teach in-demand IT skills such as coding to fill tech job vacancies.
The Student Technology Leadership Program hosted more than 1,400 students from 104 school districts across the state to show off their tech skills in projects, digital products and challenges.
The regional school in Ohio is considering expansion through a facilities project in partnership with Clark State College and the addition of new career paths such as aerospace and aviation technology.