Gov. Wolf promotes STEM at HU

Gov. Tom Wolf is pictured with participants of HU’s Drone Camp

On Monday morning, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, where he stopped by an HU Summer Exploration Camp and discussed the importance of investing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

HU alum Victoria Brame welcomes Gov. Tom Wolf to HU

The university served as the backdrop for the governor as he promoted his PAsmart initiative, an effort Wolf launched last year to support the growing STEM workforce throughout the commonwealth. Seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use a computer, and an estimated 300,000 STEM jobs will be available throughout the state by 2026, according to the governor’s office. Wolf said the recently adopted state budget includes a $40 million allocation to support PA Smart, up $10 million from last year’s funding.

“Technology is the way to the future,” he said. “Programs like (the geospatial technology program) at Harrisburg University are really important. They symbolize what the future of education needs to look like if we are going to make Pennsylvania everything we want it to be.”

The governor visited HU’s Drone Camp led by Geospatial Technology Professor Albert Sarvis. After taking in a lecture, Sarvis and several students provided Wolf with a drone demonstration and discussed their importance to the economy and their use in detecting environmental problems. After the governor spoke, he introduced recent HU graduate Victoria Brame, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science and plans to teach the subject she came to love at the University.

Brame said she wants to teach computer science to high school students.

“It’s something that is so important for kids to learn,” she said. “Computer science and other STEM fields give you information, not just give you information about new topics and new experiences, they help you to think about things in a different way that you can apply to all other areas.”

Below are several news clips from Gov. Wolf’s visit to HU:

Fox 43: Increase in funding for PAsmart, STEM education 

PA homepage: PAsmart makes Pennsylvania a leader in STEM education 

Pocono Record: PAsmart to get boost from 2019-20 budget 

WTAJ: Governor Wolf promoting STEM education 

MyChesCo: Gov. Wolf: PAsmart makes Pennsylvania a leader in STEM education

About Harrisburg University 

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email, Connect@HarrisburgU.edu.