S. 1178: Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jun 18, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1178

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 18, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To better integrate engineering education into kindergarten through grade 12 instruction and curriculum and to support research on engineering education.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act .

I

Amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

A

Engineering standards and assessments

111.

Academic standards, academic assessments, and accountability

Section 1111(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 6311(b) ) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by adding at the end the following:

(G)

Integration of engineering skills and practices into science standards

By not later than the 2016–2017 school year, each State plan shall demonstrate that the State has incorporated engineering design skills and practice into the State science challenging academic content standards and student academic achievement standards that are required under this paragraph.

; and

(2)

in paragraph (3)(C)(v)(II), by inserting (including, beginning not later than the 2016–2017 school year, engineering design skills and practices) after science.

112.

Grants for State assessments and related activities

Section 6111(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 7301(1) ) is amended by inserting , including the integration of engineering concepts into science assessments, before and standards.

B

Professional development and instructional materials

121.

Teacher and principal training and recruiting fund

Section 2113 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 6613 ) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking 95 and inserting 85;

(B)

in paragraph (2), by striking and after the semicolon;

(C)

by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (4); and

(D)

by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

(3)

reserve 10 percent of the funds made available through the grant to make subgrants in accordance with subsection (e);

;

(2)

by redesignating subsections (e) and (f) as subsections (f) and (g), respectively; and

(3)

by inserting after subsection (d) the following:

(e)

STEM professional development and instructional materials grants

A State educational agency that receives a grant under this part shall use the funds described in subsection (a)(3) to award grants, on a competitive basis, to nonprofit organizations, and other entities, with expertise and a demonstrated record of success in STEM fields to enable such organizations and entities to develop and provide professional development and instructional materials for STEM in the State.

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122.

STEM partnerships

Part B of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6661 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in the part heading, by striking Mathematics and science partnerships and inserting Stem partnerships ;

(2)

in section 2201

(A)

by striking mathematics and science each place the term appears and inserting STEM; and

(B)

in subsection (a)(4), by striking engineering, mathematics, and science and inserting STEM; and

(3)

in section 2202

(A)

in the section heading, by striking Mathematics and science and inserting STEM ;

(B)

in subsection (b)(2)

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM;

(ii)

in subparagraph (B), by striking student academic achievement in mathematics and science and inserting student academic achievement in STEM; and

(iii)

in subparagraph (C), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM;

(C)

in subsection (c)

(i)

in each of paragraphs (1) and (2), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM;

(ii)

in paragraph (3), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking mathematics and science each place the term appears and inserting STEM;

(iii)

in paragraph (4)

(I)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking mathematics, engineering, and science majors and inserting individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a STEM field;

(II)

in each of subparagraphs (A) and (C), by striking mathematics, engineering, or science each place the term appears and inserting a STEM field;

(III)

in subparagraph (B), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM; and

(IV)

in subparagraph (D), by striking mathematics, engineering, or science backgrounds and inserting backgrounds in STEM fields;

(iv)

in paragraph (5), by striking mathematics and science curricula each place the term appears and inserting STEM curricula;

(v)

in paragraph (6), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM;

(vi)

in paragraph (7), by striking mathematics or science each place the term appears and inserting STEM;

(vii)

in paragraph (8)

(I)

by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM;

(II)

by striking and engineers and inserting engineers, and other professionals in STEM fields; and

(III)

by striking science and mathematics and inserting STEM;

(viii)

in paragraph (9), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM; and

(ix)

in paragraph (10)

(I)

by striking mathematics and science teachers and inserting STEM teachers; and

(II)

by striking mathematics and science careers (including engineering and technology) and inserting careers in STEM fields;

(D)

in subsection (d)(2), by striking mathematics and science teaching and inserting STEM teaching; and

(E)

in subsection (e)(2)

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM;

(ii)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting and a strategy for integrating engineering into the science assessments in accordance with section 1111(b)(3) before the semicolon at the end; and

(iii)

in subparagraph (C)

(I)

in clause (i), by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM;

(II)

in clause (ii), by striking in mathematics, engineering, or the sciences and inserting in a STEM field; and

(III)

in clause (iii)

(aa)

by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM subjects; and

(bb)

by striking mathematics, engineering, and science and inserting a STEM field.

C

After school programs

131.

21st century learning centers

Section 4205(a)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7175(a)(2)) is amended by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM.

D

Rural education

141.

Rural and low-income school program

Section 6222(a)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 6351a(a)(2) ) is amended by inserting and professional development in the area of engineering education before the period at the end.

E

General provisions

151.

Definitions

Section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 7801 ) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (37) through (43) as paragraphs (38) through (44), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (37) the following:

(38)

STEM

The term STEM means—

(A)

science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and

(B)

other academic subjects that build on the subjects described in subparagraph (A), such as computer science.

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Amendments to the Education Science Reform Act of 2002

201.

National center for education research

The Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 ( 20 U.S.C. 9501 et seq. ) is amended—

(1)

in section 131(b)(1)(C) (20 U.S.C. 9531(b)(1)(C)), by striking mathematics, science, and inserting STEM (as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 7801 )),; and

(2)

in section 133(a)(11) (20 U.S.C. 9533(a)(11)) by striking mathematics and science and inserting STEM (as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 7801 )).

202.

Research on engineering education

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Education, acting through the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, shall support, directly or through grants or contracts, research on engineering education, including studies and evaluations that—

(1)

identify and assess how science inquiry and mathematical reasoning can be connected to engineering design in kindergarten through grade 12 curricula and teacher professional development;

(2)

identify best practices and promising innovations in the field of kindergarten through grade 12 engineering education; and

(3)

include any other information or assessments the Secretary of Education may require.

(b)

Dissemination

The Secretary of Education shall, based on the results of the research described in subsection (a), disseminate information and analysis to the public, and provide technical assistance to State educational agencies, on best practices and promising innovations in the field of kindergarten through grade 12 engineering education.

(c)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.