Summit promotes education, careers in math and sciences

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Photo of student Jarred Engelking at Summit

Photo: Jarred Engelking, of Fargo, N.D., who will earn his bachelor�s degree in chemistry this spring, demonstrated how to make a slime putty for the benefit of students at the STEM Summit held in Rochester in November.


ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud State University will host students in grades 7-12 from across Minnesota on Thursday, Jan. 29, when they’ll visit campus for a day of activities and information designed to drive their interest in pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  They’ll be joined by parents, educators, and business and higher education leaders at the STEM Summit from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atwood Memorial Center on campus.

The summit, free and open to all, is designed to promote STEM education and fuel the pipeline for the science and technology workforce of the future.

Students attending the summit will have access to interactive exhibits to help them experience opportunities in STEM coursework and their careers.

Speakers include Les Engel, president of the Central Minnesota Manufacturing Association, Bruce Peterson, dean of trades and industry at St. Cloud Technical College, David DeGroote and Kurt Helgeson, dean and associate dean of the St. Cloud State College of Science and Engineering, and Carolyn Williams, St. Cloud State associate dean for multicultural affairs and STEM initiatives.

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