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Event to showcase STEM in North Dakota

By david.demuthIn standard1st April, 2014

The North Dakota STEM Network will showcase interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum at its first Engaging STEM Strategies Summit.

The event being held at Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence Thursday through Saturday will showcase how STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — education can build a highly talented workforce and factors driving today’s economy.

School leadership, educators, students, business leaders, parents and government leaders are encouraged to attend. The ND STEM Network fosters cooperation to provide opportunities for students to be creative and innovative through project-based learning.

Ryan Aasheim program manager for ND STEM Network said the purpose is to expose people to STEM. Friday and Saturday will feature demonstrations of STEM curriculum, including a portable GeoDome planetarium and Lego Mindstorm robotics.

Sessions also will cover what skills North Dakota students will need to compete in a global market, solutions for workforce needs and what different industries are looking for in employees.

“It’s an important time to make sure we’re not fallling behind the rest of the world,” Aashiem said. “We want people to rally behind the STEM movement.”

The cost for attending the entire summit is $75. Attendees also can choose to come one day. The cost is $40 for Friday and $35 for Saturday. Teachers can get in free by contacting ND STEM Network.

Aashiem said registrations will be taken up to the day of the event. About 110 participants have registered so far. ND STEM Network is hoping for 140 to 150 attendees.

Participants can register online at http://bit.ly/ndstemsummit2014.

For more information, contact Ryan at ryan@praxissg.com

Reference: Bismarck Tribune April 1, 2014

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