NASHVILLE – Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson (R-Hixson) has been chosen to represent Tennessee as a STEMx (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Policy Fellow. STEMx is a multi-state STEM network formed in 2012 by Battelle and STEM education leader from 13 states. The purpose of the network is to provide a platform to analyze and disseminate ideas, practices and tools to transform the country’s STEM educational landscape.
“STEM not only provides our students with skills to help them excel in science and math, it provides them with critical skills needed for solving problems,” said Senator Watson. “Statistics show that students who perform better in math and science in elementary school, have greater success in graduating from high school and college, so it is critical to our efforts to raise our education levels in Tennessee. I am very pleased to be chosen to participate as a fellow in this program and look forward to learning about how we can accelerate our STEM efforts in Tennessee.”
The STEMx network is comprised of educators, employers, policy-makers, and community leaders who work collaboratively and are devoted to supporting quality STEM education both in and out of school. Watson’s fellowship will span two years. At the end of the two-year period, he will be asked to participate in public forums to share information that he has gained. He will also receive certification upon completion of the fellowship.
“Tennessee students must be proficient in these subject areas to compete in a changing global economy,” added Watson. “Our students in Hamilton County don’t just compete with students in Memphis, New York and California – they compete with students in India, China and Japan. Our students must have the skills they need to meet the challenges of a new era and to keep the U.S. as the world leader in innovative ideas and technology, which is even crucial to our national defense.”