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May 21 STEM Conference designed for area educators of high school students

5/11/2010 —

Science and mathematics teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators and home-school instructors are encouraged to participate in the second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus on May 21. The conference theme, “Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do,” is designed to explore best practices that can help enable high school students to prepare for and take the courses they need to be ready for college.

Penn State Fayette Interim Chancellor Dr. Francis Achampong explains, “Many high school students, especially those interested in science and technical careers, can succeed in college if they understand the preparation needed to make them college-ready. Students interested in healthcare, engineering, and science—all career areas with great potential—need the proper foundation in math and science to enter these college programs, and a planned curriculum for college-bound students really needs to begin in 9th grade. This STEM conference will share recommendations and ideas on how educators at the high school level can best serve their students who aspire to college.”

The STEM conference will feature experts from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (C.A.S.E.), Intermediate Unit One and Penn State Fayette. Following the general session, small- and large-group discussions offer participants the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges they have, and to share ideas that work for them.

The May 21 STEM Conference at Penn State Fayette begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the campus’ Williams Building.

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