Local educators learn the importance of 'STEM'

Area educators spent Tuesday afternoon doing some learning of their own. Their focus was on the importance of science and mathematics.

Teachers from the Kirksville School District and local community colleges attended the 'STEM' Education Summit. 'STEM' stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The teachers talked about what they're doing now in the classroom to interest students in science and math. They also discussed ways to get students more involved.

Some of those ways include getting the students to participate in robotics and also job shadowing at local factories.

The Show-Me-State has seen a decrease in the number of students entering into 'STEM'-related jobs. The educators hope that getting students involved in these activities will encourage them to choose a career involving science, technology, engineering or math.

"In order to make sure that we have the work force that we need not just tomorrow and today but 20 years, 30 years down the line we really need to invest in the pipeline now," said Brian Crouse, of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is taking the 'STEM' summit to a number of Show-Me-State communities to help stress the importance of science and math.