Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) continued his commitment to building the future workforce by voting for legislation that aims to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in early childhood education.
“Students must have every opportunity to learn the skills they need to compete in a global workforce. This begins early in a child’s education,” said Larsen. “I have seen the creativity of students in classrooms across Northwest Washington first-hand. In my visits to classrooms across Washington’s Second District, including Emerson Elementary School’s third grade technology classroom, students are learning through hands-on engineering activities, like building LEGO-based robots.
“I am proud to cosponsor the Building Blocks of STEM Act, and will continue to look for ways to expand access to STEM opportunities for students in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.”
Larsen has consistently been a proponent of STEM education. He introduced the Youth Access to American Jobs Act to help create a pathway for students in their junior year of high school through community college and into apprenticeship programs.
Earlier this month, Larsen participated in several STEM events across Washington’s Second District including the first ever Snohomish STEM Summit where he heard from different sectors of the workforce, STEM leaders and legislators.