New Push for Science and Math Education in the Northland

Posted at: 11/08/2012 5:46 PM
Updated at: 11/08/2012 6:05 PM
By: Travis Dill

Northland professionals don't think local students are learning enough about science, technology, engineering and math. They are making a push to emphasize these subjects in the region's schools.

Together those subjects are called STEM, and over 100 education, business and community leaders met in Proctor on Thursday for the first time. They said this type of education is necessary in a region dominated by advanced industries.

“Well this region has specific needs across the mining sector, the pulp and paper industries, the power all of those jobs are getting more and more complicated,” Director of the UMD Graduate Engineering Program Moe Benda said.

This isn't just aimed at college students. The professionals say an emphasis on early education is also important to get kids involved in science and math.

The group said if schools and business work together they can make progress in the Northland.