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Campus will host meeting for STEM education advocates

11/7/2011 —

Penn State Beaver will host a meeting of the Beaver County Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Advocacy Coalition, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, room 16, Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

The evening’s topic is ‘Proven Strategies to Compete in Regional and International Science Fairs.’ Guest speakers are Lisa Kosick, director of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and Karen DeMarco, a science teacher for the Ambridge Area School District.

Kosick will explain how students in grades 6-12 can use their talents in the sciences to compete for more than $1 million in college scholarships and cash prizes. DeMarco has consistently mentored dozens of winners of the Pittsburgh Science and Engineering Fair. The 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair will be held May 13-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.

The Beaver County STEM Coalition is a community-based organization of professionals, teachers, parents, and community members advocating for STEM education that is or will be required for many jobs. The meeting will help parents and teachers learn how to motivate STEM students while exploring methods for success in STEM competitions and education.

Coordinators of the November 16 meeting are Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics at Beaver campus, and Ellen Cavanaugh, director of the Beaver County STEM Coalition and founder and CEO of Grow a Generation.

For more information about STEM and upcoming meetings or projects, contact Fishman at aaf10@psu.edu or 724-773-3825, or contact Cavanaugh at beavercountystem@gmail.com or www.bcstem.ning.com,

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