A resolution declaring this week as STEM Awareness Week in Michigan has been approved by the state House. It was introduced by Representative Brad Paquette of Niles, a former Niles High School teacher. STEM, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, stands for science, technology, engineering, and math and Paquette calls those four subjects “critical drivers” of today’s economy. STEM jobs are among the highest paying, fastest growing, and most influential for economic growth and innovation. Paquette says if students get inspired by those subjects at an early age, they’re more likely to get into those fields when they graduate. He serves as vice chair of the House Education Committee and recently voted in support of legislation to update Michigan’s curriculum standards allowing students the opportunity to learn computer science or coding.