LP-A will pursue STEM program
Training in the programming and operation of industrial robots. Learning welding techniques and applications in a simulated environment. Using global positioning system (GPS) technology in a variety of fields including engineering, mapping, const...
Training in the programming and operation of industrial robots.
Learning welding techniques and applications in a simulated environment.
Using global positioning system (GPS) technology in a variety of fields including engineering, mapping, construction and transportation. These are just a few classroom applications for a new Rural Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Experiential Learning Pilot Project that is being proposed for up to 16 rural high schools in Minnesota.
At Monday night’s meeting of the Lake Park-Audubon School Board, the board approved a resolution proposed by Superintendent Dale Hogie “to pursue legislation and membership in the Rural STEM Experiential Learning Pilot Project” by unanimous vote.
“The project is being proposed for legislative approval,” Hogie said. “If approved, the state would provide funding for initial equipment purchase and other startup costs.”
The total cost to the state for initial startup and equipment purchases “to provide hands-on, experiential learning for high school students with eight foundational tools of clean manufacturing and other high in-demand jobs of the 21st century economy” would be $515,000, with the 16 participating districts agreeing to take responsibility for all ongoing and replacement costs over the four years of the proposed pilot project.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board passed a resolution to pursue legislation that would give the district authority to begin the 2015-16 school year before Labor Day, due to the fact that it falls on the latest possible date this year: Sept. 7.
“MREA (Minnesota Rural Education Association) is encouraging any school districts that feel Sept. 8 is too late a start for the school year should submit a resolution to the state” requesting permission to start earlier, Hogie said.
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