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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Building Blocks of STEM Act

Short Title(s) as Introduced

Building Blocks of STEM Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To direct the National Science Foundation to support STEM education research focused on early childhood.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
07/23/2019Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H7166-7167)
03/11/2019Introduced in House

All Actions (9)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/24/2019SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
07/23/2019-2:21pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/23/2019-2:21pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H7166-7167)
07/23/2019-2:08pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1665.
07/23/2019-2:08pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7166-7168)
07/23/2019-2:08pmHouseMs. Johnson (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
03/11/2019HouseReferred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
03/11/2019HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.
Action By: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
03/11/2019HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (11)


Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Science, Space, and Technology03/11/2019 Referred to
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology03/11/2019 Referred to
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation07/24/2019 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House (07/23/2019)

Building Blocks of STEM Act

This bill modifies National Science Foundation (NSF) grant programs that support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science) education.

(Sec. 3) The bill instructs the NSF, when awarding grants under the Discovery Research PreK-12 program, to improve the focus of research and development on early childhood education.

(Sec. 4) The bill specifies that NSF grants to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields may be used for research into various subjects regarding female students in prekindergarten through elementary school, including

  • the role of teachers and caregivers in encouraging or discouraging participation by such students in STEM activities, and
  • the types of STEM activities that encourage greater participation by such students.

(Sec. 5) The bill specifies that NSF grants to research computer science education and computational thinking may be used to support development and implementation of various tools and models for teaching and learning, including

  • developing and offering gender-inclusive computer science enrichment programs, and
  • acquainting female students in prekindergarten through elementary school with careers in computer science.