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                       STEM EDUCATION ACT OF 2015

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Public Law 114-59
114th Congress

                                 An Act


 
  To define STEM education to include computer science, and to support 
        existing STEM education programs at the National Science 
           Foundation. <<NOTE: Oct. 7, 2015 -  [H.R. 1020]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: STEM Education 
Act of 2015. 42 USC 1861 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``STEM Education Act of 2015''.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 42 USC 6621 note.>>  DEFINITION OF STEM EDUCATION.

    For purposes of carrying out STEM education activities at the 
National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the term ``STEM 
education'' means education in the subjects of science, technology, 
engineering, and mathematics, including computer science.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 42 USC 1862q.>>  INFORMAL STEM EDUCATION.

    (a) Grants.--The Director of the National Science Foundation, 
through the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, shall 
continue to award competitive, merit-reviewed grants to support--
            (1) research and development of innovative out-of-school 
        STEM learning and emerging STEM learning environments in order 
        to improve STEM learning outcomes and engagement in STEM; and
            (2) research that advances the field of informal STEM 
        education.

    (b) Uses of Funds.--Activities supported by grants under this 
section may encompass a single STEM discipline, multiple STEM 
disciplines, or integrative STEM initiatives and shall include--
            (1) research and development that improves our understanding 
        of learning and engagement in informal environments, including 
        the role of informal environments in broadening participation in 
        STEM; and
            (2) design and testing of innovative STEM learning models, 
        programs, and other resources for informal learning environments 
        to improve STEM learning outcomes and increase engagement for K-
        12 students, K-12 teachers, and the general public, including 
        design and testing of the scalability of models, programs, and 
        other resources.
SEC. 4. NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AMENDMENTS.

    (a) Amendments.--Section 10A of the National Science Foundation 
Authorization Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 1862n-1a) is amended--

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            (1) in subsection (a)(2)(B), by inserting ``or bachelor's'' 
        after ``master's'';
            (2) in subsection (c)--
                    (A) by striking ``and'' at the end of paragraph 
                (2)(B);
                    (B) in paragraph (3)--
                          (i) by inserting ``for teachers with master's 
                      degrees in their field'' after ``Teaching 
                      Fellowships''; and
                          (ii) by striking the period at the end of 
                      subparagraph (B) and inserting ``; and''; and
                    (C) by adding at the end the following new 
                paragraph:
            ``(4) in the case of National Science Foundation Master 
        Teaching Fellowships for teachers with bachelor's degrees in 
        their field and working toward a master's degree--
                    ``(A) offering academic courses leading to a 
                master's degree and leadership training to prepare 
                individuals to become master teachers in elementary and 
                secondary schools; and
                    ``(B) offering programs both during and after 
                matriculation in the program for which the fellowship is 
                received to enable fellows to become highly effective 
                mathematics and science teachers, including mentoring, 
                training, induction, and professional development 
                activities, to fulfill the service requirements of this 
                section, including the requirements of subsection (e), 
                and to exchange ideas with others in their fields.'';
            (3) in subsections (e) and (f), by striking ``subsection 
        (g)'' each place it appears, and inserting ``subsection (h)'';
            (4) by redesignating subsections (g) through (i) as 
        subsections (h) through (j), respectively; and
            (5) by inserting after subsection (f) the following new 
        subsection:

    ``(g) Support for Master Teaching Fellows While Enrolled in a 
Master's Degree Program.--A National Science Foundation Master Teacher 
Fellow may receive a maximum of 1 year of fellowship support while 
enrolled in a master's degree program as described in subsection 
(c)(4)(A), except that if such fellow is enrolled in a part-time 
program, such amount shall be prorated according to the length of the 
program.''.
    (b) Definition.--Section 10(i)(5) of the National Science Foundation 
Authorization Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 1862n-1(i)(5))

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is amended by inserting ``computer science,'' after ``means a 
science,''.

    Approved October 7, 2015.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1020:
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SENATE REPORTS: No. 114-115 (Comm. on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 161 (2015):
            Feb. 24, 25, considered and passed House.
            Sept. 24, considered and passed Senate, amended.
            Oct. 1, House concurred in Senate amendment.

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