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July 30, 2013 > Silicon Valley STEM Advisory Board forms

Silicon Valley STEM Advisory Board forms

Submitted By Anthony Kusich

At the campus of high-tech manufacturing supplier Applied Materials on July 26, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) convened the first meeting of his newly formed STEM Advisory Board. The group will meet quarterly to advance STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) school programs throughout the country to ensure that the children of today have the educational background to become the tech innovators of tomorrow.

The board comprises experts from the education sector - including the presidents of San Jose State University and De Anza College - as well non-profit board members and executives from Intel, IBM, Apple, Cisco Systems, and other tech firms. White House Deputy Director of Science and Technology Policy Tom Kalil gave the keynote speech at the launch event.

Rep. Honda explained the need for forming the STEM Advisory Board in his remarks: "The children of Silicon Valley, the state, and indeed the country are at a disadvantage if we do not continue to give them the educational tools they need to grow and succeed in a global, high-tech economy. I have long fought in Congress to ensure that every student in our public schools has access to an equitable education from pre-K to college, and a structured curriculum of math and science programs must serve as its foundation."

Over 40 members of the advisory board attended the kickoff. Rep. Honda has been the leader in advancing STEM education in Congress, having introduced the STEM Innovation Networks Act earlier in July, which aims to create public-private partnerships that fund science and math programs across the country.

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