White House Launches New Tally of STEM Education Programs – ScienceInsider

March 18, 2011 at 11:54 am 1 comment

Carl Wieman is now part of the White House office of science and technology policy, and the first thing he’s doing is counting — what’s out there, and is it working?

“The ACC is a list of programs, basically,” Wieman tells ScienceInsider. “You need something more nuanced than simply labeling it STEM education. Because that leads people to ask, ‘You’re spending all this money, why don’t we have great STEM education?’ The reality is that [these programs] do a large variety of different things, from graduate fellowships at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to an introduction to science for kindergarteners. Different parts of different agencies do things that are important to their mission.”

Wieman says the new panel, under the White House’s National Science and Technology Council, will look at “what these programs do, how they fit together, and how well they match what we feel are best practices.” He says that the review will rely heavily “on evidence and on what we know about learning.”

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