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Shaheen Champions STEM Education on Senate Floor

Also Talks About Need to Close Gender Gap in Technology Jobs

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today spoke on the Senate floor about provisions she included in education reform legislation to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She also spoke about a screening and discussion she hosted last night of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap about the need to close the gender gap in tech jobs. Video can be found here.

Shaheen’s amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act supports STEM after-school learning programs by making federal funding available under a new STEM education grant program.  The bill also includes a Shaheen provision that provides support for low-income students in innovative STEM activities, such as robotics competitions.  These provisions are drawn from two bills introduced by Senator Shaheen earlier this year: the Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program Act and the Supporting Afterschool STEM Act.

Shaheen has made promoting STEM education one of her top priorities in the Senate and is a recognized leader by STEM Connector in their 100 Women in STEM publication. Shaheen helped launch and co-chairs the Senate STEM Caucus and has been a longtime supporter of efforts that promote programs like FIRST Robotics since her days as New Hampshire’s governor.