Education for the 21st Century
As a member of the House Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Caucus, Rep. Eshoo believes the U.S. should produce the world’s best scientists and engineers. Every student should be exposed to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math, and all students must have appropriate educational opportunities to prepare them for the highly-technical, high-paying jobs of the future. STEM education is critical to our nation’s long-term prosperity and economic competitiveness.
At the end of 2016, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that U.S. students, compared with contemporaries in more than 73 industrial countries, ranked 25th in science and 40th in mathematics. College degrees in physical science, computer science, mathematics, and engineering have also had less than average growth.
Rep. Eshoo has been a strong proponent of federal funding for programs like President Obama’s Computer Science for All (CSA) initiative to help K-12 students gain critical experience in computer science education. In 2016 and 2017 Rep Eshoo advocated for full funding for the CSA initiative.
Rep. Eshoo also supports legislation to strengthen the STEM pipeline, including the Youth Access to American Jobs Act, which connects high school students with apprenticeship opportunities in STEM careers; and the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act which helps school districts engage girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM subjects at the early stages of their education.
Congressional App Challenge
In 2015 Rep. Eshoo co-founded the Congressional App Challenge, which encourages high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Throughout the competition period, participating students are provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.