STEM Summit

Monday, January 23, 2012

Photo of Jane Snell Copes, who provides science entertainment as Professor Sepoc

Jane Snell Copes, who provides science entertainment as Professor Sepoc, is a former chemist for 3M.

Students, parents and educators will join with business and higher education leaders to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education at the STEM Summit Jan. 26 in Atwood Memorial Center.

View the event flyer (PDF).

Students in grades seven through 12 will tour exhibits and experience Professor Sepoc, a science entertainer who was formerly a chemist and inventor with 3M.

Among the exhibits will be Minnesota Planetarium's ExploraDome, which delivers hands-on learning experiences within a 25-foot diameter video dome.

Dignitaries, including Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton, will participate. Franken is expected to deliver an in-person or video welcome. Dayton is expected to issue a proclamation declaring Jan. 26 STEM Summit Day.

Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association is helping sponsor the summit.

STEM Summit is an affiliate event of the annual USA Science & Engineering Festival, scheduled April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Carolyn Williams at 320-308-3690 or

Williams is the university's associate dean for STEM initiatives. She holds a doctorate from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and is an advisor to the USA Science & Engineering Festival.


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