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Drake to host town hall on STEM education

September 12, 2012

Drake University will host “Connecting the Community,” a town hall-style event featuring conversations about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education on Sept. 17. The event will be held at the Drake Legal Clinic, 2400 University Ave., at 10 a.m. Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

This community conversation, one of 14 scheduled to take place across Iowa this fall, is designed to seek feedback from Iowans about which priorities the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council should focus on as the STEM initiative continues to build across Iowa. The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and a stronger workforce.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad named Drake one of six regional network hubs that will promote STEM education and economic development across the state. A regional manager, Kris Kilibarda, has been appointed, along with an advisory board.

For more information, visit www.iowastem.gov.