The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of NSF INCLUDES National Network, a program dedicated to making a lasting impact on diversifying the STEM workforce of the future. Partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
These partnerships were announced as the White House released its five-year strategic plan for STEM education, Charting a Course for Success: A Federal Strategy for STEM Education. The plan lays out the federal government's role in furthering STEM education by working with state and local stakeholders, the education community and American employers. Its goals include building a STEM-competent citizenry, creating a STEM-ready workforce and removing barriers to STEM careers, especially for women and underrepresented groups.
NSF INCLUDES seeks to enhance U.S. STEM leadership through nationwide networks focused on solutions to broadening participation in the sciences. The initiative, launched in FY 2016 and named as one of the foundation's 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment, addresses the new White House report's goals of maintaining the country's innovation capacity by increasing diversity and inclusion through broader access to STEM.
"There are populations in the United States who are missing from the STEM ecosystem," said NSF Director France Córdova. "The nation will be stronger when these people are given access to STEM education and encouraged to become innovators. Our STEM enterprise will never reach its full potential until that happens. I'm proud to be part of this effort. We will find new ways to inspire all our nation's young people, support them and encourage more of them to pursue amazing careers in STEM."
"STEM education is vital to everything we do at NASA. In recognition of this, I am proud to announce a new permanent STEM committee that will provide guidance to the NASA Advisory Council on how NASA can promote STEM-learning initiatives, " said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "We are committed to - and dependent upon - inspiring future generations of STEM leaders who will bring diversity of thought and perspective to NASA. Current and future STEM students will take us to the Moon, Mars, and beyond as we continue to explore our universe."
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