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March 21, 2017
Fifth and sixth grade students attending Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School traveled March 1-2 to visit the Missouri state capitol, where they participated in STEM Day at the Capitol.
STEM Day at the Capitol is sponsored annually by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Coalition to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in education. Hundreds of students and education supporters from throughout the state attended for the opportunity to visit with Chamber members, legislators and students from other schools in the state.
Horace Mann students visited with Rep. Allen Andrews, who answered questions, recognized students during a House of Representatives session and invited students to observe a small business committee meeting.
“It is important to educate and engage young minds in our democratic process and to create a culture of dialogue so they can participate and shape the future of our country,” Horace Mann Principal Sandy Seipel said. “We stress to our young people that their thoughts and ideas do matter and we want them to be engaged and make a difference.”
Representatives from Boeing, Pfizer, Brewer Science and PLTW were among the professionals present to share new technologies and ideas with students.
As a laboratory school, Horace Mann serves students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade and is a clinical teaching environment for students in Northwest’s School of Professional Education. Offering a core curriculum and working in concert with the University, Horace Mann offers unique learning opportunities for students that have included guitar lessons, the study of robotics, lessons about crops and animals at the University farm, and Spanish and sign language lessons.
As a Project Lead the Way launch site, Horace Mann provides exploration and engagement while empowering students to use a design-thinking mindset with hands-on activities in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. The program encourages students to become problem solvers in a collaborative environment by meeting challenges and using innovative thinking.
For more information about Horace Mann, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/horacemann.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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