It’s hard to argue with this statement: in order for California to remain a leader in scientific advancement and tech innovation, we must equip and train young children who will become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.
In fact, one California region lives by those words: the Silicon Valley. The innovation capital of the world understands the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Part of getting more kids interested in STEM fields is better preparing educators to teach those subject areas.
Earlier this year, Congressman Mike Honda, re-introduced the Stepping up to STEM Act and the Elementary Educator STEM Content Coach Act.
“These bills provide the tools necessary to build infrastructure, talent pools and teacher support systems that capitalize on, and are the catalyst for, American innovation,” said Congressman Honda.
At the second annual Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum, co-sponsored by California Forward, business representatives, educators and elected leaders emphasized the importance of strong STEM programs–efforts to drive the economy and provide Californians with employers with homegrown talent.