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2 December 2015

STEM Education in Minnesota

For the week of December 6, 2015

Jim Davnie is a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, elected in 2000, and he is Executive Director of SciMath MN. He discusses how Minnesota schools can better educate students in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Part 1

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    (SciMath is an advocacy group for STEM education; (1:36) STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math; (2:22) How Minnesota test scores compare nationally and internationally; (3:07) The importance of STEM literacy for citizenship, career and college; (4:30) The challenges teaching STEM in schools; (6:00) Teacher shortages and lack of access to technology in Greater MN; (7:10) The challenge recruiting teachers with STEM skills; (8:23) Assessment tests and tracking students’ STEM progress; (9:25) The achievement gap in MN and in STEM education; (12:08) ESL students and STEM education

  • Part 2

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    (:22) SciMath relies on contributions and corporate funding; (1:59) How to get girls more engaged in STEM education; (4:55) Engaging students in STEM subjects; (6:57) Resources for STEM teachers and MN communities; (8:34) Whether investing resources in STEM subjects takes away from arts and humanities education; (10:00) Advice for parents

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