WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $66,479 to support the North Dakota Collaborative STEM Conference. The conference would bring together math and science teachers for K-12 grade and the North Dakota Science Teachers Association, North Dakota Math Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the North Dakota STEM Network. By joining math and science teachers with STEM-focused organizations, the project would further the professional development of North Dakotan teachers, raise awareness and knowledge of higher education and encourage collaboration.
“It’s important for us to invest in programs that will boost STEM education in North Dakota so we can help to ensure that our students are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant will support a project that brings together K-12 teachers and three STEM-focused organizations so they can work together in preparing students for our workforce, encourage collaboration and further the professional development of our teachers.”
Hoeven has worked to further STEM education in North Dakota and the nation. In July, legislation he introduced with Senator Klobuchar to bolster STEM education was included as part of the Every Child Achieves Act.