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March 29, 2016
Fifth and sixth grade students attending Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School visited the Missouri state capitol March 3 during an effort to showcase the importance of learning and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Teagan Suey and Tanner Wendel, both senior elementary education majors at Northwest, accompanied the students with graduate assistant Emily King, fifth and sixth grade instructor Sarah Winans and Principal Sandy Seipel.
The annual STEM day at the capitol is sponsored by the Math and Science Coalition of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. Schools from across Missouri showcased their STEM learning opportunities, and Horace Mann students presented their findings about the Zika virus, storms, hellbender salamanders and renewable energy.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder welcomed students, organizations and businesses to the capitol. Special guest Sheila Boyington, the national state chair of Million Women Mentors, encouraged girls to take part in STEM learning and encouraged all students to search out science, technology, engineering and math careers. Missouri Department of Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven also welcomed participants and encouraged continued conversations about STEM learning. Students also boarded a flight simulator provided by Boeing.
As pre-service teachers, Suey and Wendel said they developed a new appreciation for STEM learning and opportunities that such trips provide for students to engage with professionals and students from other schools.
“There are so many opportunities in STEM,” King said. “Businesses brought many engaging and exciting technologies to share with students. The real world experience of taking students on a trip, helping guide students with their projects to be able to share them with others and see the end result of the work devoted to the projects is exciting.”
Students participated in special events, visited with legislators and senators, and shared their projects with guests. Rep. Allen Andrews introduced the students to the House of Representatives, talked with students and answered questions. Students also visited the Missouri Governor’s Mansion and toured the state capitol building.
“I found it so beneficial to see the real world application of taking a trip with students on the professional side as a teacher,” Suey said. “Through the interactions with businesses and schools, I learned a lot about math and science and opportunities that students have.”
Horace Mann Lab School employs Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a project and problem-based curriculum that includes science, technology, engineering and math in an engaging, rigorous and relevant format that is innovative and builds critical thinking skills. More than 6,500 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are using the PLTW programs of study.
Additionally, Horace Mann will offer Destination Discovery Summer School for children in kindergarten through sixth grade June 6-30 from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Destination Discovery will emphasize STEM learning in an engaging project-based format.
For more information about Horace Mann, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/horacemann or contact Sandy Seipel at 660.562.1233.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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