White House, educators push for pre-school STEM

A massive collection of public- and private-sector groups on Thursday will call for a national push to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to children as young as 3 or 4 years old.

Leading the effort on so-called “early active STEM learning” is the White House, which is bringing hundreds of educators and policymakers to Washington, D.C., for a symposium on the topic.

The groups are diverse, spanning NASA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sesame Workshop, the Girl Scouts, the Fred Rogers Company, the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN), the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Jim Henson Company, among others. That last one is due to announce that, with $3 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, it will launch a new PBS series titled Splash and Bubbles, aimed at children ages 4 to 7, that will inspire children to care about the ocean.

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