LANCASTER, PA — As part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to building a world-class workforce, the Department of Education recently announced the winners of the fourth annual Governor’s STEM Competition held at the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.
“Pennsylvania is a national leader in STEM education and this competition is a perfect example of students expanding their skill sets and learning the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We created this competition to inspire students, but this is also about supporting Pennsylvania’s economic future.”
“That’s why I’ve proposed PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $50 million investment in education and job training, with an emphasis on expanding STEM training to prepare students and workers for the good jobs businesses need in these expanding fields,” said Governor Wolf.
The Governor’s STEM Competition included 23 student teams that qualified by winning regional competitions from among 170 teams. The students have been designing and building their projects during the school year and could make improvements after the regional competition.
“The students in the Governor’s STEM Competition are learning incredible skills and are demonstrating the exciting possibilities ahead for Pennsylvania’s future,” said Dr. David Volkman, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education. “By promoting STEM education in the classrooms now, our students will be prepared to fill the workforce gap and take on high-tech and in-demand jobs.”
Nearly 300,000 jobs in the commonwealth need STEM skills and over the next decade, and more than 70 percent of jobs will require this knowledge. Pennsylvania is home to four of the top-ranked universities for STEM education and is ranked fifth nationally in the number of STEM graduates. Since 2009, there has been a 37 percent increase in the number of STEM-H graduates from public four-year universities.
The winners of the 2018 Governor’s STEM competition include:
- First place winner, South Fayette School District
- Second place winner, Conrad Weiser Area School District
- Third place winner, Lower Dauphin School District
First place winners were presented with a $2,000 college scholarship, and all regional contestants received a trophy that was presented by Dr. Volkman.
Regional contestants who participated in the 2018 Governor’s STEM Competition included:
- Bethlehem-Center School District
- Chestnut Ridge School District
- Conrad Weiser Area School District
- DuBois Area School District
- Fairview School District
- Garnet Valley School District
- Jeannette City School District
- Lower Dauphin School District
- Midd-West School District
- Mifflin County School District
- Parkland School District
- Pennridge School District
- Red Lion Area School District
- Solanco School District
- South Fayette School District
- State College Area School District
- Valley View School District
- Wilkes-Barre Area School District
- Williamsport Area School District
- Upper Merion Area School District
- Bishop Shanahan High School
- Monroe Career and Technical Institute
- Nativity BVM High School
For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
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