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|Moms Night Out Spreads STEM Education in Second Year|
|News Releases - Science & Technology|
|Written by Tonja Richards|
|Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:48|
(CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – April 10, 2012) – The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) will offer Moms Night Out for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), a satellite event for the second USA Science & Engineering Festival, at 27 sites across Iowa on the evening of April 23, 2012.
Moms Night Out for STEM (MNOS) was a brainstorm by IMSEP and the Iowa State University - College of Engineering to inspire primary caretakers, particularly moms, to get 'hands on' with their children's math and science education.
The two inspirations for MNOS events are the importance of STEM in the future success of today’s youth and the importance of moms (as well as dads and other caregivers) in shaping their child’s self image and interest in STEM.
“Parents figure prominently in the equation for children to see STEM careers in a more positive and desirable light,” said Jeff Weld, Director of IMSEP. “Moms Night Out for STEM gives parents and caretakers the opportunity to embrace STEM as a pursuit for their children’s future, rather than a scary subject they didn’t like in school.”
A typical Moms Night Out for STEM event may kick off with a keynote by a local STEM professional who may discuss the many ways parents influence children’s interest in and attitude toward science and mathematics. Hands-on activities for adults designed to be done at home and other activities and sharing of resources will round out the evening.
“STEM education is so important for the future of our state, country and world. Our youth will be faced with solving and innovating worldwide challenges such as having enough clean water, sustainable energy, safe food practices, and more,” said Camille Sloan-Schroeder of Iowa State College of Engineering. “With parents and caregivers being the most influential people in a child’s life, we hope to create an environment where they can get the tools they need to inspire the next generation of innovators.”
Iowa's Moms Night Out for STEM satellite event is one of dozens of events conducted across the nation in celebration of the second USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held in Washington D.C. on April 28-29, 2012. Types of organizations participating in this event include museums, schools, labs and libraries where moms and other caregivers can go to network and learn the best ways to inspire a love of STEM in their children.
Twenty-seven events occurring simultaneously across the state on one night would not be possible without the help many volunteers and with the support of premiere sponsor, John Deere, with promotional support from Iowa Public Television (IPTV).
This event is free and open to the public. A list of Moms Night Out for STEM locations is listed below. To register for the event nearest you, visit http://www.
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Participating Moms Night Out for STEM events.
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