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Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields


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Clarkson University Professor Peter R. Turner

"In a community like this, where there is very little real industry, we have to be able to develop new skills and opportunities for students in this area," says Peter R. Turner, Clarkson University's dean of arts and sciences and a professor of mathematics and computer science.

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School systems across the United States are pushing students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing joint programs with local universities.

For example, Hughes STEM High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, developed a digital backpack program, which provides students with an iPod, a digital camcorder, a tripod, and microphones, for hands-on learning. The school represents part of a statewide effort to create STEM schools and learning opportunities.

In New York, the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services joined with Clarkson University to create the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The program unites faculty and students from Clarkson with 200 local instructors to enhance STEM teaching. "In a community like this, where there is very little real industry, we have to be able to develop new skills and opportunities for students in this area," says Peter R. Turner, dean of arts and sciences and a professor of mathematics and computer science at Clarkson, located in Potsdam, NY. The STEM partnership includes workshops and summer programs with competitions.

In Colorado, STEMapalooza was created by the University of Colorado and brought more than 100 exhibitors from around the state to promote STEM subjects and careers.

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