Hoosier Congressman Jim Baird introduced the Mathematical and Statistical Modeling Education Act, directing the National Science Foundation to study and provide grants focused on mathematical and statistical modeling education, including data-driven and computational thinking.
“The Mathematical and Statistical Modeling Education Act provides a much-needed solution to improving the quality of STEM education in America,” Baird said. “This legislation advances mathematical instruction by incorporating modern tools and context, including data, statistics, and computation. Mathematical modeling is currently taught on a limited basis yet is the foundation for important work our nation is addressing within research, development, and technological innovation. I am proud to lead this effort providing for the security of America’s global competitive edge.”
Dr. Suzanne Weeks, Executive Director of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, said she was enthused.
“It’s great to see bipartisan and bicameral support to give more students access to high quality modeling experiences,” Weeks said. “The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has long been engaged in promoting modeling skills for high school students, for example through our MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge. These mathematical skills are increasingly important for preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.”
The Mathematical and Statistical Modeling Education Act was introduced by Baird (R-IN) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) in the House of Representatives, and by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in the U.S. Senate. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would provide for grantees to support educational institutions and non-profits who provide innovative educational resources to further the mission of STEM education through hands-on learning programs and professional development.