Zorn measure declares May 12-18 as STEM Awareness Week

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate has adopted Sen. Dale Zorn’s resolution proclaiming May 12-18 as STEM Awareness Week in Michigan.

Senate Resolution 47 says that a globally competitive, knowledge-based economy is a fact for students — now and in the foreseeable future — and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are critical drivers in that economy.

“As we continue to make Michigan the best place for new jobs and opportunities, we must also ensure that we are preparing our students for success in new 21st century careers,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Even though STEM occupations are among the highest paying, fastest growing, and most influential in driving economic growth, not enough of our children are going into STEM-related fields.”

Zorn is a member of the MiSTEM Advisory Council, which is dedicated to making Michigan a world leader in STEM education and supports increased access to computer science learning opportunities.

“STEM education is not just teaching children in these important subject areas, it’s also about focusing on a way of learning where students comprehend by doing, thinking critically and providing solutions that drive innovation,” Zorn said. “Through computer science, students can learn new approaches to problem solving and harness technology to be competitive nationally and globally.”