By coming together through the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA), the nation’s lieutenant governors and seconds-in-command leverage their bipartisan collaboration to bring Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education opportunities to constituents in the states and U.S. territories through innovative projects, including (but not limited to):
- The NLGA Lt. Governors’ STEM Scholarship Program annually provides scholarships to 12 schools for STEM-related projects in the classroom. The first scholarships will be awarded in the Summer of 2022.
- The NLGA STEM Service Project supports youth in NLGA meeting locations with toys promoting STEM skills. NLGA has so far provided 250 children in three states with STEM inspiration!
By the end of 2022, NLGA Members will provide STEM education and inspiration to the K – 12 students of 12 different schools and to 350 individual children across at least 15 states!
Read the NLGA Resolution In Support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education As A Pillar of Work at the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) and Establishing the NLGA Center for State Strategies in STEM.
This commitment is a priority because:
- NLGA Members recognize the vital need for increased education for students in STEM, which can encourage critical thinking, team-building, project management, and problem-solving skills in youth that will serve them for a lifetime.
- The U.S. workforce demands workers who are prepared for the jobs of the future, and STEM jobs are projected to grow more than two times faster than the total for all other occupations this decade (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the U.S. and global economy’s growth in digitization and technology, and highlighted the need for education and training opportunities that encourage the development of a diversified workforce.