Harrisburg, PA - Having won their regional competitions, 26 high schools from across the Commonwealth are now poised to compete in the finals of the fifth annual Governor’s STEM Competition, scheduled for May 9-10 at the Pennsylvania State Systems of Higher Education’s Dixon Center.
“Pennsylvania is a national leader in STEM education and this annual competition offers our brightest students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they’ve learned in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This competition is a great way to get young people excited about STEM and the skills they will need to start a career or continue their education.”
The Governor’s STEM competition engages students from public, nonpublic, and private high schools around the Commonwealth to form teams and use a stipend to create a device or project that can improve the lives of Pennsylvanians. It is facilitated each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
“The students in the Governor’s STEM Competition are learning the essential skills that businesses need and require in these constantly expanding fields,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “By promoting STEM education in the classroom now, we are preparing students to fill the workforce gap.”
The Governor’s STEM Competition includes 26 student teams that qualified by winning regional competitions from among 95 teams. The students have been designing and building their projects during the school year and could make improvements after the regional competition.
Regional contestants who will participate in the 2019 Governor’s STEM Competition included:
- Bethlehem Center High School (Bethlehem Center School District)
- Bishop Shanahan High School (Archdiocese of Philadelphia)
- Cedar Cliff High School (West Shore School District)
- Central Catholic High School (Diocese of Pittsburgh)
- Chestnut Ridge Senior High School (Chestnut Ridge School District)
- Conrad Weiser High School (Conrad Weiser Area School District)
- Delaware Valley High School (Delaware Valley School District)
- Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (Greater Latrobe, Derry Area and Ligonier Valley school districts)
- Fairview High School (Fairview School District)
- Forest City Regional High School (Forest City Regional School District)
- Garnet Valley High School (Garnet Valley School District)
- Lower Moreland High School (Lower Moreland School District)
- Midd-West High School (Midd-West School District)
- North Schuylkill Junior Senior High School (North Schuylkill School District)
- Oil City High School (Oil City Area School District)
- Parkland High School (Parkland School District)
- Pennridge High School (Pennridge School District)
- Philadelphia Academy Charter High School
- Red Lion Area High School (Red Lion Area School District)
- Shenango High School (Shenango Area School District)
- Solanco High School (Solanco School District)
- Southern Huntingdon County High School (Southern Huntingdon School District)
- South Park High School (School Park School District)
- State College Area High School (State College Area School District)
- Tunkhannock Area High School (Tunkhannock Area School District)
- Williamsport Area High School (Williamsport Area School District)
Last year, Governor Wolf launched the PAsmart initiative as a groundbreaking approach to prepare students and workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeship and job training. Through PAsmart grants, the administration has awarded nearly $20 million to bolster STEM and computer science in schools and nearly $10 million to expand apprenticeships and job training.
This year, the governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to expand career and technical education for adults as well as job training programs at companies to enhance the skills of Pennsylvania workers.
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