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U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Participate in Forum on STEM Education Hosted by Congresswoman Donna Edwards

Posted Mar 07 2011 12:15pm

Contact:   Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: March 08, 2011 12:15 pm - 02:15 pm

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin will participate in a forum hosted by Congresswoman Donna Edwards, D-Md., on the importance of helping students master Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) inside and outside the classroom and pursue professions in those fields. During his luncheon remarks, Yudin will discuss the importance of recruiting students into the STEM fields and how the U.S. Department of Education is working in partnership with other agencies and organizations to promote STEM in education. Titled “Blastoff: Encouraging our Brightest Stars to Enter and Stay in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fields,” the forum will take place on Tuesday, March 8, in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill. It is designed to raise awareness about the critical need to foster future STEM leaders and innovators, and to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in these fields.

Under the Department’s plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, states will have the opportunity to compete for grants that will strengthen their STEM programs, particularly in high-need districts. In addition, when states competed for their share of the $4.3 billion Race to the Top Fund, they were asked to develop comprehensive reform plans that included STEM programs.

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Michael Yudin, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U. S. Department of Education
Congresswoman Donna Edwards, D-Md. Luncheon remarks at STEM forum 12:15 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Capitol Hill
Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room)
Washington, D.C.
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