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St. Kate's STEM news

The National Center for STEM Elementary Education was highlighted in two news stories about STEM Day at the State Fair.

The Center was highlighted in a  St. Paul Pioneer Press opinion piece Thursday, Aug. 18, "On the joy of science, fish mysteries and more," and Beth Hawkins, writing for "The Learning Curve" column at, said, "Oh yeah, those fine folks at STEMCentral, aka St. Catherine University, will be there helping to coordinate the fun..."

St. Kate's faculty and students will showcase a student-created activity that was completed during January-term for the course, "Engineering in your world," that is part of the STEM minor/certificate program.

More about STEM Day at the State Fair

The second annual STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at the State Fair returns for the opening Day of the Minnesota State Fair with 28 participating organizations.

Sponsored by the Minnesota STEM Network, STEM Day at the State Fair will be located in Carousel Park, just outside the grandstand, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday August 25th.

The inaugural STEM Day at the State Fair was held at the opening day of the State Fair in 2010 and featured 14 organizations. It was attended by 2,000 visitors, including Governor Tim Pawlenty, Senator Al Franken and others.

STEM Day at the State Fair is focused on reaching K-12 students, teachers and parents with the messages:

·        STEM is fun

·        STEM has a huge impact and benefit on our society

·        Wonderful STEM career opportunities exist, both now and in the foreseeable future.

Visitors will be able to engage in hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations from a diverse array of exhibitors and organizations and a performance stage will feature engaging experiments and demonstrations.

 Each organization will showcase their unique STEM demonstrations and activities to show children and parents how to engage in STEM after school and illustrate how science, technology, engineer and mathematics permeate every day life.

Aug. 23, 2011 by Julie Michener

See also: Faculty, STEM