Pennsylvania Governor: STEM & Computer Science in Schools

Pennsylvania Governor: STEM & Computer Science in Schools

Gov. Wolf Announces $10.8 Million to Expand STEM and Computer Science in Schools

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Continuing the rollout of his groundbreaking PAsmart initiative, Governor Tom Wolf announced $10.8 million in PAsmart Advancing Grants to expand access to computer science and STEM education for Pennsylvania learners.  Combined with PAsmart Targeted Grants announced in 2020, the Wolf administration has awarded nearly $20 million to bolster STEM and computer science (CS) in schools during the 2020-21 school year.

“Workers in all types of jobs increasingly need to use computers and technology,” said Governor Wolf.  “In order to meet that demand, I launched PAsmart in 2018 to expand science and technology education.

“These grants will help our schools and communities to expand STEM and computer science education.  That will strengthen our workforce, so businesses can grow, and workers have good jobs that can support a family.”

Over the next decade, seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies.

Projects funded by the PAsmart Advancing Grants include CS and STEM after-school programs in robotics and artificial intelligence;  the establishment of innovative STEM partnerships between school districts and higher education partners to provide college credits and industry credentials in STEM and Computer Science;  support for diversity and inclusion on esports teams in high-need areas;  establishing innovation hubs through collaborations with community colleges, city parks, and libraries to help underserved learners build STEM and computer science skills;  establishing mentorships to expose underrepresented learners to STEM careers;  and opportunities for rural, urban, and suburban students to gain hands-on experience in coding and robotics.

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