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NASA, NSF Highlight Initiatives Supporting White House STEM Strategy

NASA and the National Science Foundation are supporting the Trump administration's plan to boost the country's science, technology, engineering and math education.

The effort, named Charting a Course for Success: A Federal Strategy for STEM Education, encourages stakeholders, academia and industry to fortify the nation's STEM education and workforce, NASA said Wednesday.

The strategy would work to promote STEM among citizens, establish a STEM workforce, and eliminate barriers hindering underrepresented groups from pursuing STEM education.

The STEM education task force of the NASA's advisory council would gain status as a permanent standing committee to support the effort.

“In recognition of this, I am proud to announce a new permanent STEM committee that will provide guidance to the NASA Advisory Council on how NASA can promote STEM-learning initiatives.," said Jim Bridenstine, co-chair for the Committee on STEM Education and NASA administrator.

Meanwhile, NSF's two-year-old initiative supports the program by aiming to boost the STEM involvement of underrepresented groups and promote diversity.

Launched in 2016, the initiative is known as Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science or INCLUDES.

The foundation will also obligate $10M to provide local, state and national workforces with data science training under the Data Science Corps program.

The White House announced the strategy on its website on Tuesday.

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