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Polis gives World Space Week and Earth Science Week liftoff!
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., alongside Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., Ryan Costello, R-Pa., introduced a resolution to designate Oct. 4 - Oct. 10 as World Space Week and Oct. 14 - Oct. 20 as Earth Science Week.
“Space and science are awesome! We need to do everything possible to get students excited about learning about the sciences – that’s why I’m proud to champion top-notch STEAM education for all students,” said Polis. “Now more than ever, we have to rely on science as we adapt and attempt to reverse the consequences of climate change. We must challenge ourselves to discover and innovate, as is our American tradition.”
The resolution reads, in part:
“[…] Earth and space sciences include geologic mapping and remote sensing technologies which provide the foundational knowledge of Earth’s natural systems that is integral to the discovery, development, and conservation of natural resources, such as energy, water, and minerals, and to the safe disposal of waste products.
“[…] Earth and space science researchers and educators drive creativity and passion for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields among students of all ages through diverse and innovative education and public outreach efforts.”
Read the entire resolution here.
Groups such as, the American Geosciences Institute, herald both World Space Week and Earth Science Week.
“This resolution demonstrates the importance of engaging young people and others in exploring and understanding our Earth,” said AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book. “The arts are a special lens through which to view geoscience – whether it’s thinking about the natural processes that formed a beautiful landscape or the sense of wonder you get when you look up into the sky and into the stars.”
Polis serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. He is the top-Democrat on the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee and a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee.
Polis was instrumental in crafting the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan update to the outdated K-12 education policy - No Child Left Behind. ESSA creates new opportunities for innovation and STEM education, among other key provisions. His advocacy for STEM education also led him to call for $250 million in funding for computer science education in 2016. In addition, Polis has advocated for funding for the many science labs in Colorado, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Polis is the former chair of the Colorado State Board of Education, and the founder and former superintendent of The New America School - a network of charter schools in several states serving new immigrants and English-language learners - as well as the Academy for Urban Learning for homeless and at-risk youth. The district he represents today includes Colorado State University and University of Colorado.