Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds hosts STEM forum in MP tomorrow
Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be conducting a STEM Community Forum tomorrow (Thurs.) in the Mt. Pleasant Middle School Gymnasium from 2-3 p.m.
The public is encouraged to attend the forum.
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and STEM education is a major component of Gov. Terry Branstad and Reynolds’ education initiative.
Defined, science is the study of the nature of the universe; technology is applying information to the design of goods and services; engineering is the application of knowledge for the benefit of humanity; and mathematics is the universal language of nature.
State education officials say that when STEM is embraced, the learning focus in a game-changer for the way Iowa youth explore, learn and grow both in and out of the classroom. The goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement is critical to regaining Iowa’s historic legacy as a leader in education and workforce development.
STEM is also seen by economic developers as a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth in the state, stating that STEM graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs.
The forum is open to the public and parking will be available at First United Methodist Church, located at 309 N. Main St. A shuttle bus will run from 1:30-2 p.m. to take participants from the church to the gymnasium and return them after the forum (approximately 3-3:30 p.m.).
Mt. Pleasant’s forum is one of several STEM community forums Reynolds is hosting throughout the state.