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Sen. Capito supports more interest in STEM program

By Todd Baucher, Dennis Bright

WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators wants to expand science and technology education, including encouraging more young girls to take part in computer science.

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito is a co-sponsor of the STEM Act. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Capito is among those who believe not enough young girls, especially minorities, are seeking science and technology courses that could lead to high-paying jobs.

“It’s about working with the National Science Foundation to really get kids engaged,” Capito said this past week, “whether it’s in robotics, computers, whatever, to make sure they’re excited about the prospects of these fields and what it can mean for their future.”

Capito believes education for youngsters in science and technology should begin in elementary school.

She is a member of the Senate committee on science, commerce and transportation.