MEDIA ADVISORY – Students, teachers, business leaders to rally Thursday in support of math and science education

Hundreds of students and education supporters will rally at the Missouri Capitol on Thursday in a celebration of the state’s growing math and science efforts. Education leaders will also call for even greater focus on preparing our students for the high tech economy of the future.

 The 2014 Missouri STEM Day at the Capitol will kick off in the third floor rotunda at 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks from Brian Crouse, executive director of the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition, Dr. Chris Nicastro, commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and LeRoy Wade, assistant commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Afterward, students from across Missouri will display and demonstrate science projects and research. At 1 p.m., students will compete for The Capitol Cup in a FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge. All reporters are invited to attend any portion of the day’s agenda.  (Full agenda attached.)

 The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a strong supporter of science and math education in Missouri. Through the Missouri Chamber Education Foundation, the chamber engages businesses and education leaders statewide to help ensure Missouri’s students are prepared to enter tomorrow’s workforce.

 “Missouri STEM Day is one of the most enjoyable events that happen during the legislative session. It showcases of some of our state’s brightest students and it’s a reminder of the importance of math and science education,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “We bring this to the capitol each year to help remind our policymakers about the amazing things happening in our classrooms. We want to ensure this work is not forgotten during the budget-making process.”

 

2014 Missouri STEM Day at the Capitol

 

Thursday, March 6th 2014

9:00am to 2:00pm

Jefferson City Capitol Building

3rd Floor Rotunda

 

AGENDA

 

8:00am- 8:45am

 

Set-up – 3rd   Floor Rotunda and Circle Drive in Front of Capitol

 

9:00am- 9:30am

 

Legislator Connection Reception- 3rd Floor Rotunda

     Donuts and refreshments will be provided

  •   Legislators will have an opportunity to visit   with STEM students, educators and program directors in the rotunda

 

9:30am – 10:00am

 

Kick-Off-   Opening   Remarks- 3rd Floor Rotunda

      Brian Crouse, Exec. Director, Math and   Science Coalition- MC

  •   Commissioner   Dr. Chris Nicastro – DESE
  •   Asst. Commissioner   LeRoy Wade – MDHE

 

10:00am- 11:00am

 

Introductions in House and Senate Chambers

  •   Rep.   Rory Ellinger and Rep. Clem Smith
  •   Sen.   Wayne Wallingford

 

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

General- Science Display time- 3rd Floor Rotunda and Circle Drive

  •   K-12 and university students and faculty will   demonstrate and display their science projects, research and showcase   programs that their schools are working with.   

 

12:00pm -1:00pm

 

Lunch – Pizza – 3rd   Floor Rotunda
 
 

1:00pm- 2:00pm

 

FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge– 3rd Floor Rotunda

  •   The Capitol   Cup

 

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