Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Thirty-Six Wednesday, which established the Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Commission.
The Virginia STEM Commission will develop a State STEM plan to make sure Virginia’s students are prepared for STEM jobs of the future.
Governor Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam made the announcement in the Forge Makerspace at the Science Museum of Virginia. They then participated in a STEM-related project alongside kids from the Museum’s Lunar Lab Summer Camp.
First Lady Northam will chair the Commission. The remaining members will include a range of representatives of early childhood, K-12, post-secondary, out-of-school, informal, and environmental education programs, as well as workforce development, business, and industry partners from every region of Virginia.
The Virginia STEM Education Commission will seek to address the educational inequities which often limit access to advanced courses in STEM disciplines, credentials, and work-based learning for many of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable and underrepresented students.
The Commission will support state efforts to close the achievement opportunity gaps in STEM-related fields, meet the growing economic demand for STEM-prepared employees, and help Virginia maintain its recognition as the best state for business.