The Innovations Gallery celebrates the innovations that advance the President’s commitment to a more open and effective government. At the Innovations Gallery, the public can browse new ways in which agencies across the Executive branch are promoting transparency, participation, and collaboration to achieve their mission. ScienceEducation.gov has been identified by OSTP as a new way of championing open government.
U.S. Federal science agencies offer a wealth resources and materials for classrooms. Yet these resources have not been easily accessible or searchable to the public via a single, online portal that provides a friendly interface.
Through an interagency collaboration initiated by the Department of Energy, ScienceEducation.gov uses open source software in a Web 2.0 platform to provide the public with easy access to government Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education resources.
By way of a free, web-based gateway, ScienceEducation.gov lets the public search for information from 15,000 STEM education resources created or funded by federal agencies (See video
President Obama has made STEM education a national priority over the next decade. “Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century,” said President Obama. Our nation’s future competitiveness in the global marketplace is directly tied to the ability of our schools to prepare children in the STEM fields. ScienceEducation.gov helps ensure that this happens by making STEM resources widely available.
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Andy Oare is a New Media Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs.