ESA Issues Statement In Support Of White House's New STEM Initiative

by Keenan McCall on Sep 26, 2017 at 01:03 PM

The Electronic Software Association has given a statement in support of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math funding initiative proposed by the current presidential administration.

In a press release posted to the ESA's official site, the organization showed its firm support for the new initiative proposed by President Donald Trump.

“ESA commends the Trump Administration on its bold leadership in computer science education," writes Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA. "The White House’s new STEM initiative will help grow the diverse and high-skilled workforce that drives the $30.4 billion U.S. video game industry. By expanding opportunities for America’s youth interested in the creative tech sector, we can generate thousands of new American jobs and achieve new levels of innovation, invention, and economic success. We look forward to working with the Administration and industry partners.”

Led by Ivanka Trump, who has no official title within the administration, the initiative would task the Department of Education with devoting at least $200 million of its grant funds to approved STEM fields each year. The initiative will also be supported by private businesses including Amazon, Facebook, Google, General Motors, Quicken Loans, Salesforce and others, who will provide $300 million aimed at boosting coding and computer-science classes and programs.

The initiative is similar to when former President Obama announced $4 billion for STEM and computer science funding in January 2016. The initiative failed when Congress refused to provide funding.

The ESA puts on the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, a show where the game industry joins together to celebrate its software and the diversity of creation.  

[Source: Recode]


Our Take
STEM is a worthwhile and vital group of fields which deserve to be better funded. Hopefully it sees this support come to fruition.