FREDERICK, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today underscored the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education while visiting Frederick High School. A strong advocate for the advancement of STEM learning, Senator Cardin led a discussion of STEM education projects with teachers, educators and community partners. Frederick County Public Schools has infused STEM education into every grade level and across multiple subjects. Frederick County Public Schools have built relationships with community partners to further develop their students’ interest in STEM outside of the classroom.
“Fostering a love of STEM in our young people today means that we will have a generation of problem solvers and innovators ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow,” said Senator Cardin. “Frederick County Public Schools are ahead of many other schools systems in the country in equipping students with the skills they need to find high quality, fulfilling jobs and keep our economy growing. I am proud that right here in Western Maryland we are taking the lead at maintaining and advancing so many of America’s competitive edges that are based upon the strength of our STEM education. ”
As part of Maryland’s Race to the Top program, backed by $250 million of federal funds over four years, Maryland has committed to being the first State to develop Elementary STEM standards and a corresponding Elementary STEM Teacher Certificate. Additionally, each student in Maryland is required to complete one credit of technology education prior to graduation. The state will also train 160 secondary teachers in the STEM areas of certification.