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STEM

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.

Assembly Bill 2097 in California would make computer science a graduation requirement by 2030, and only 4 percent of K-12 students in Stanislaus County are currently enrolled in computer science courses.
A junior at Farmington High School in Connecticut won a $10,000 award from a national program for creating Code for All Minds, a computer science program for neurodivergent children and young adults.
STEM summer camps at Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Missouri sever as fundraisers while introducing students to engineering concepts, mechanical principles, programming basics and related projects and activities.
Fifth grade science classes in South Florida will use the digital instruction and gaming platform Legends of Learning over the next five years as researchers watch for improvements in standardized test scores.
Middle-school students in Caldwell County, North Carolina, worked with Google Data Center volunteers and Raspberry Pi devices to build and test their own computers, which they got to take home.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), will name the best student programming teams in the world based on their performances in timed challenges.
State leaders want computational thinking, programming, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and digital citizenship to be part of computer science, but decisions to require them will be made by local school boards.
Since it began in 2019, the program has been providing course training for three defined career pathways: aviation, aviation mechanics and drones. It does so by teaching aeronautical science and various FAA policies.
In an effort to use remaining ESSER funds, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is encouraging K-12 organizations that offer cybersecurity and artificial intelligence instruction to apply for grants.
A private Catholic university in Connecticut has partnered with a 28,000-square-foot workshop and skills development center with the intention of giving students a leg up in manufacturing and engineering.