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      Kirksville Chamber of Commerce host STEM Summit

      The new push in education is to spark students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math or 'STEM'. Local educators now have a broader knowledge of why 'STEM' is so important.

      The Regional 'STEM' Education Summit was held Tuesday in Kirksville. The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Math and Science Coalition hosted the event. The primary goal of the day was to bring together area educators and engineering businesses. They spent the day identifying needs and highlighting resources to create more jobs in 'STEM'.

      "We hope to be able to sort of marry the business community and our educational community so that we can identify the needs and the resources and hopefully provide better STEM education for our kids," said Sandra Williams, Executive Director of the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce.

      Panel discussions were held at the summit on topics such as current practices and needs in education and workforce challenges at local factories. Creating jobs for women in a STEM field was also a large part of Tuesday's discussion.