H.R.5217 - Supporting Afterschool STEM Act113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20] (Introduced 07/28/2014)|
|Committees:||House - Science, Space, and Technology|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/12/2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5217 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (07/28/2014)
Supporting Afterschool STEM Act - Requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish an afterschool STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grant program awarding competitive grants to afterschool or STEM networks to:
- develop quality standards for STEM programming in afterschool programs and provide those programs with technical assistance in implementing such standards,
- work with state education stakeholders to define and promote appropriate measurable outcomes for afterschool programs that include STEM content,
- provide technical assistance to afterschool programs to start or grow their afterschool STEM efforts and define appropriate learning outcomes for such efforts,
- coordinate professional development for afterschool program educators,
- help afterschool program providers form strategic partnerships to advance STEM learning in afterschool programs,
- create and disseminate tool kits to afterschool programs wanting to form partnerships and incorporate STEM professionals as mentors and role models, and
- provide technical assistance to federally funded STEM researchers and professionals who wish to engage with afterschool programs.
Defines: (1) an "afterschool program" as a structured program offered for elementary, middle, or secondary school students when school is not in session, such as before or after school, on the weekend, or during the summer; and (2) an "afterschool or STEM network" as a coalition that fosters partnerships and provides support to afterschool program providers and STEM education providers.
Includes as goals of the grant program: (1) to support the development and delivery of high-quality STEM education to populations underrepresented in STEM fields, and (2) to provide hands-on learning and exposure to STEM research facilities and businesses through in-person or virtual distance-learning experiences.
Requires the Director to provide each recipient of a STEM research grant who is under the Director's authority with information on opportunities to engage with students in out-of-school-time programs, such as through mentorships.