Maine to Play Role in Developing National Science Education Standards 

Educators gathered at UMaine on Wednesday to discuss the framework for Maine’s K-12 science curriculum. But while there, they were informed that what they’re working on would affect students nationwide. The state education commissioner announced that Maine has been chosen as one of the states to work on a national effort in science education. “We have a group working nationally to develop the next generation of science standards. They are looking for states to partner with, that are going to take a lead role in developing those standards,” said Stephen Bowen, Education Commissioner.Maine educators will work with groups from other states to come up with a standardized curriculum for all American schools in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. This group hopes to help foster a passion for these subjects in their students, so they may someday choose a career in those fields.”We need to think holistically, how do we take and begin to get students exposed to the possibilities so they’re comfortable with science and do want to pursue the careers that are vital to Maine’s economy,” said Dana Humphrey, UMaine Dean of Engineering.”We have a tremendous need, the workforce, our employers, our CEOs right here in Maine are telling us we need highly skilled, highly trained workers that have a rich, deep background of skills in the STEM fields, in science, technology, engineering, math,” said Bowen.The national announcement on this effort for new science standards will be made on September 20th. At that time, the other states participating will be revealed.The goal is to be able to debut the national standards by late next year.