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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.

Studying ways to improve student math scores, particularly for non-white students, the nonprofit College Bridge found some Black and Latino students benefited from receiving lessons online as opposed to in person.
A renovated section of Northeast Early College High School in Austin will support an early college program in information technology, providing students with free classes and the chance to specialize in cybersecurity.
A new facility on the second floor of the engineering building at Chattanooga State Community College has two labs, one a design studio and the other a workshop, for both college students and local elementary students.
Middle school students in Bastrop, Texas are getting hands-on experience with computer-aided design, 3-D printers and other tools involved in STEM careers through a curriculum from the nonprofit Project Lead The Way.
During a visit from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito as part of Massachusetts STEM week, fifth graders at Pingree Elementary School participated in the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge, in which they practiced coding.
The virtual reality company Vinci VR gave vocational students a simulation of what it’s like to work on an offshore wind turbine, as the state’s clean-energy projects anticipate needing hundreds or thousands of workers.
Neosho School District intends to buy the four-story Haas building in downtown Neosho, Mo., and convert it into a new project-based school focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Students at the University of Texas Permian Basin STEM Academy, a K-12 charter school on the UTPB campus, are applying biomedical science to a crime scene investigation as part of a fast-track STEM program.
A five-day mentoring program organized by a partnership between Purdue Polytechnic and the Sistas of Royalty offers classes and workshops for girls, this year focusing on food supply chain management.
Given the state's digital literacy and computer science standards from 2018 and grant funding from Amazon, Decatur City Schools have been training teachers to incorporate robots, coding and other technology into lessons.