Debra A. Anderson, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing
North Dakota University System
University System Hosts STEM Education Event
BISMARCK, N.D. - "STEM Synergy: Enhancing STEM Education and Engaging Stakeholders," a meeting to plan for the future of STEM education in North Dakota, will be held Nov. 19, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Heritage Center in Bismarck, N.D.
"Our future as a state and nation depends on the rigor of science, technology, engineering and math - or STEM - education in our public schools," said Bill Goetz, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. "By advancing STEM education, we build a better future for our citizens and a stronger economy for our state. We are very fortunate that the 2009 Legislative Assembly had the foresight to provide the State Board of Higher Education $1.5 million for enhancement of STEM teacher education."
The conference will provide an opportunity for the six University System campuses that have teacher education programs to showcase the advances in STEM education supported by the state appropriation. It also will serve as a forum for stakeholder input and a planning session led by national STEM education expert Caroline McEnnis of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM.
STEM teacher education project updates will be provided by the six NDUS universities between 9:30 and 11:45 a.m., including:
Dickinson State University
Mayville State University
Minot State University
North Dakota State University
University of North Dakota
Valley City State University
The stakeholder forum titled "Engaging Stakeholders: A Conversation with Education and Business Leaders" will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. The planning session titled "Sustaining the Momentum: Developing a Plan to Move STEM Education Forward in North Dakota" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.