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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.

The ninth annual event will feature close to 90 booths this year, including virtual-reality headsets, a hydroponic garden, interactive exhibits and experiments in STEM fields.
The SAM Labs program at Indian Prairie School District 204 in Illinois uses building blocks with lights, motors and more that connect to a computer via Bluetooth to teach students about science and coding.
The Alabama Center for the Arts is being renovated into a STEAM Imagination Center, with a new degree program in design innovations that will include classes in computer systems information and additive manufacturing.
The Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve and a handful of other educational centers will train up to 1,100 educators to teach computer science through supplemental certifications and other programs.
The university's Engineering Center of Excellence donated $10,000 to the Lafayette Parish School System's robotics program and gave its students access to equipment and mentorship from professors and deans.
The U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever National STEM Festival will take place April 11-13 in Washington, D.C., celebrating innovative projects from students in grades six through 12 who won national competitions.
About 350 students in grades 6-12 will attend the regional Pennsylvania Technology Student Association conference, with over 50 events and competitions in which they can qualify for the national conference.
The city of Homestead, Fla., is home to a new 'Fab Lab' that will use coding, robots, 3-D printing and other technologies to teach students about locally relevant fields of agriculture and agricultural technology.
The public community college is building a new $46.9 million facility, forging private partnerships, adding new courses and developing internship programs to support growth in the field and industry of biotechnology.
Ten members of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents co-authored From STEM to STEAM: Latino Perspectives, a portion of sales from which will benefit the organization’s student scholarship fund.