Moms Night Out Spreads STEM Education in Second Year Print
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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.iowamathscience.org/registration-MNOS-2012 .

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Participating Moms Night Out for STEM events.

City

Location

Contact

Contact Information

Ames

Iowa State University College of Engineering –  Marston Hall Atrium – ISU Campus

Camille Sloan Schroeder - Manager - Iowa State University Engineering Pre-collegiate Programs

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515-294-9965

Ankeny

Iowa Labs Facility – DMACC Campus –  
2006 S Ankeny Blvd

Brindusa Velica or Marla Staude

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515.725.1600

Atlantic

Cass County Community Center – 805 W 10th St

Susan Oliver – Cass County Extension

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712-243-1132

Burlington

Burlington Public Library – 210 Court Street

Angela Pilkington

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319.753.1647

Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls Public Library –   
524 Main Street

Sheryl McGovern

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319.268.5541

Cedar Rapids

Mount Mercy University –  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE

Dr.  Elizabeth Kleiman, Mount Mercy University

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319-363-1323 x1289

Cedar Rapids

Science Station - Lindale Mall – Suite 200 
4444 First Avenue NE

Norah Hammond, General Manager & Education Director

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319.363.4629

Co-hosting MNOS event with Rockwell Collins Child Development Center Rockwell Collins

Coralville

Iowa Children’s Museum –  1451 Coral Ridge Ave.

Deb Dunkhase, Executive Director

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319.625. 6255 ext. 210

 

Council Bluffs

New Horizon Presbyterian Church –  30 Valley View Drive

Natalie Harris   - Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa,

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712.328.2338

Davenport

The Putnam Museum –
1717 W. 12th St.

Nichole Myles, Director of Education

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563.324.1054 ext. 210

Des Moines

The Science Center of Iowa – 401 West MLK Jr. Pkwy.

Kimberly Peterson, Preschool Director

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515.274.6868 ext. 203

Des Moines

Blank Park Zoo –  7401 SW 9th Street

Anne Shimerdla, Director of Operations and Education

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515.974.2573

Dubuque

Mazzuchelli Middle School –
2005 Kane St

Amy Jones, Electrical Engineer, John Deere Dubuque Works

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Fontanelle

Nodaway Valley Middle School–  112 First Street

Deb Hall,  Adair County Extension Office

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641.743.8412

Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge Public Library – 424 Central Avenue

Tonya Martinson, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

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1.800.798.8141

Holstein

Ridgeview Community School  –  519 E Maple Street

Rita Frahm, Ida County Economic Development

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712.371.9438

Mason City

Music Man Square –  308 South Pennsylvania Avenue

Gail Castillo - ISU Extension and Outreach - Cerro Gordo County

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641.423.0844

Milford

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory –  Dickinson County –  1838 HWY 86

Jane Shuttleworth, Education Coordinator

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712.337.3669 ext. 7

Muscatine

Muscatine High School
2705 Cedar Street

Tim Bower, John Deere

Email: BowerTimothyW@JohnDeere.com
Work Phone:  (309) 756-1131

Ottumwa

Indian Hills Community College – Advanced Tech Bldg – Room 122

Marsha Parker, John Deere Ottumwa Works

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641.683.2494

(Daycare available)

Sioux City

 

Sioux City Public Library  Morningside Branch – 4005 Morningside Avenue

Jeanette Bobeen, Youth Services Manager

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712.255.2933 ext. 231

Storm Lake

Storm Lake Public Library –  609 Cayuga Street

Elizabeth Huff, Youth Director

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712.732.8026

Bi-lingual Activities

Traer

North Tama Elementary  –
605 Walnut Street

Lisa Chizek, 5-6 grade science teacher

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319.478.2265

 

Wapello

Louisa County Extension Office
317 Van Buren St

Tessa Pugh, Louisa County 4-H Youth Coordinator

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319-523-2371

Washington

Washington Public Library
115 W. Washington Street

Ted Neal, University of Iowa - College of Education

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Telephone: 319.560.5401

 

Waterloo

George Washington Carver Academy – 1505 Logan Avenue

Albert Wiggins, Associate Principal

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319.433.2501

Waterloo

Bluedorn Science Imaginarium –
503 South Street

Jordan Walker,
Science Educator

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319-233-8708

 

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The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) is the operations arm of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council created to promote excellence in science and mathematics education and application in technology and engineering with the help of STEM education stakeholders across Iowa. For more information, contact the IMSEP office at (319) 273-2959 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.iowamathscience.org.