Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, including Computer Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, including Computer Science

Background

In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it's more important than ever that our nation's youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math—disciplines collectively known as STEM. If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers have the ability to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students' skills, content knowledge, and fluency in STEM fields is essential. We must also make sure that, no matter where children live, they have access to quality learning environments. A child's zip code should not determine their STEM fluency.

Charting a Course for Success: America's Strategy for STEM Education

This Plan was published in December 2018 and sets out a Federal strategy for the next five years based on a vision for a future where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment. It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers—a "North Star" for the STEM community as it collectively charts a course for the Nation's success. Read more about this strategy and what the U.S. Department of Education (Department) plans to do to support by going here.

In October 2019, the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House issued the Progress Report on The Federal Implementation of The STEM Education Strategic Plan.  This Progress Report provides an update on how federal agencies are implementing the STEM Strategic Plan and what activities are they doing. Organizations from across the country are aligning their STEM efforts with the Strategic "North Star" Plan as well. This Progress Report reflects the shared value of STEM education and training to our Nation, and also demonstrates the power of coordination in achieving important national goals.  To read more, go here.

Department Offices that Support STEM

Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (OPEPD)
Office of Career, Adult, and Technical Education (OCTAE)
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
Office of Educational Technology (OET)
Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
Institute of Educational Sciences (IES)
White House Initiatives
Federal Student Aid (FSA)

Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science

STEM is a centerpiece of Secretary DeVos' comprehensive education agenda. The STEM priority may be used across the Departments' discretionary grant programs to further the Department's mission, which is "to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access." Read more here.

U.S. Department of Education Advances Trump Administration’s STEM Investment Priorities

In November 2019, the Department announced that it invested nearly $540 million to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including computer science, through discretionary and research grants in Fiscal Year 2019, in accordance with President Trump's directive to foster expanded opportunities in these in-demand career fields.  Of that total, there was almost $100 million in funds to support projects with a focus on Computer Science.  Read more by going here.

To learn about how the Department supported STEM in Fiscal Year 2018, click here.

Funding Opportunities

A snap-shot of Department programs that support STEM follows:
Alaska Native Education Equity Program
Braille Training Program (Rehabilitation Services Demonstrations and Training)
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Comprehensive Centers Program
Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (State Grants) (GEAR-UP)
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program
Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Research Grants
Education Research Grants Program
National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) Program
Special Education Research Grants Program
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program
Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP)
Perkins Innovation & Modernization Grant Program
Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Program
Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Program
TRIO Program

More information about open discretionary grant opportunities can be found here or reach out to the Department's STEM contact below. For examples of current STEM grantees, go here and here. For information about how to become a peer reviewer, please contact the program directly you are interested in reviewing for.

Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on October 7, 2019 the call for nominations for the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. This award was established on May 2, 2019, by the President's Executive Order on America's Cybersecurity Workforce. The U.S. Department of Education created the award in consultation with the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the National Security Council and the National Science Foundation. The nomination period opened during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October 2019 and will close on January 31, 2020. Nominations will be reviewed by Department staff and awardees will be recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week in May 2020. For the rules, terms and conditions and specifics on how to apply, please visit here. Information on the Executive Order is available here.

Resources

ESEA, IDEA, and Perkins Resources (PDF), 335K
College Scorecard
Exploring Career Options – FSA
Work-Based Learning
Stackable Credentials that lead to careers
IES data and statistics, research and evaluation, and tools for educators
Out of School
STEM Data Story — A Leak in the STEM Pipeline: Taking Algebra Early
CTE Data Story — Bridging the Skills Gap: Career and Technical Education in High School
Civil Rights Data Collection
Federal Partnerships
STEM Education Advisory Panel
STEM Spotlights
K-12 Practitioners' Circle
STEM Briefing Series (PDF), 265K
STEMIE
CTE Research Center

Communications

Homeroom Blog
Press Releases
Twitter
Newsletter Subscriptions
Early Learning: STEM – Math Video

Contact

Department: STEM Lead and Policy Advisor, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development — Jean Morrow at Jean.Morrow@ed.gov

Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow — Patti Curtis at Patti.Curtis@ed.gov. If you're interested in receiving a periodic newsletter, please contact Patti.