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St. Kate's joins STEM at the State Fair Day Aug. 26

Young state fair visitors learn how pistons work with nothing more than cardboard, tape and brads.
Young state fair visitors learn how pistons work with nothing more than cardboard, tape and brads.
Julie Michener

The first ever “STEM at the State Fair Day” Aug. 26 will give Minnesotans the opportunity to experience the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University.

St. Kate's National Center for STEM Elementary Education joins 17 other statewide organizations for “STEM at the State Fair Day” to demonstrate the power and excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Exhibits will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carousel Park just outside the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.

St. Catherine University STEM instructor Sherri Kreuser will lead the National Center’s exhibit, featuring activities to engage children in STEM. Teacher-volunteers from Cedar Lake Elementary School, who have participated in the STEM Center’s professional development program, will assist her.

More about the National Center

Led by Executive Director Anthony Murphy, Ph.D., the National Center for STEM Elementary Education was established to improve elementary teacher effectiveness, advance student performance and strengthen society’s literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Murphy’s 2004 proposal for an interdisciplinary STEM curriculum brought together faculty and staff across six academic departments who created a team-teaching model of STEM curricula. The model has been recognized for its innovation and has garnered inquiries nationwide.

Focus on elementary teachers and students

The Center focuses on elementary education because:

  • Research shows that children begin to express negative attitudes towards science as early as fourth grade.
  • A national survey found that a majority of elementary teachers do not perceive themselves as science-literate.
  • National education statistics note that 80 percent of elementary school teachers are women.

As a University that includes the nation’s largest college for women, St. Catherine is uniquely positioned to help women build their confidence and competence in STEM subjects.

For a list of "STEM at the State Fair Day" participants, visit Get STEM Minnesota.

STEM Day at the State Fair Sponsors

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To learn more
"St. Catherine University launches National Center for STEM Elementary Education"

Aug. 11, 2010 by Julie Michener

See also: Education, STEM