Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Hosts Moms Night Out for STEM — 

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will be one of 27 host sites across Iowa to bring math and science hands-on activities for moms and other caregivers as part of a statewide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) celebration called Moms Night Out for STEM. We are hosting two locations:

 

1) April 23, 2012, at the Fort Dodge Public Library in Fort Dodge, Iowa at 6:00 p.m.

Fort Dodge Specifics:
The Fort Dodge Public Library is putting a local angle on this special night by inviting Dr. Les Miller to speak at the event, an Iowa State University computer science professor. Dr. Miller plans to engage parents by showing them an interactive computer program to help get them excited about science and math.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 515-573-8141 or email Tanya Martinson. Visit www.iowamathscience.org for more information.

Child care will be provided, but on a limited first come-first serve basis. If you require child care, please contact Tanya by April 20th, 2012.

2) April 23, 2012, at New Horizon Presbyterian Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa at 6:30 p.m.

Council Bluffs Specifics:
New Horizon Presbyterian Church is putting a local angle on this special night by inviting Kim Carter to speak to attendees, who serves as the Dean of Mathematics, Engineering and Industrial Technology at Iowa Western Community College.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 712-328-2338 or email Natalie Harris. Visit www.iowamathscience.org for more information.

Child care will be provided, but on a limited first come-first serve basis. If you require child care, please contact Natalie by April 18th, 2012.

 

Moms Night Out for STEM (MNOS) was a brainstorm by the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) and the Iowa State College of Engineering to inspire primary caretakers, particularly moms, to get 'hands on' with their children's math and science education.

“Parents figure prominently in the equation for children to see STEM careers in a more positive and desirable light,” said Jeff Weld, Director of IMSEP. “Moms Night Out for STEM gives parents and caretakers the opportunity to embrace STEM as a pursuit for their children’s future, rather than a scary subject they didn’t like in school.”

Moms Night Out for STEM, a satellite event for the second USA Science & Engineering Festival, will feature hands on experiences with local teachers and researchers to show how mathematics and science can be fun. It will also include items for parents to take home and use with their children.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to bring awareness to STEM through interactive, hands-on activities in a safe and supportive atmosphere that will help demystify the perceptions that some adults have about STEM,” Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa’s Director of Advocacy Linda Bisgaard said. “Our presenters are dynamic speakers who help break down some of the barriers we face. They will offer parents tips and tools to help engage them in STEM.”

Iowa Moms Night Out for STEM satellite event is one of dozens of events conducted across the nation in celebration of the second USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held in Washington D.C. on April 28-29, 2012. Types of organizations participating in this event include museums, schools, labs and libraries where moms and other caregivers can go to network and learn the best ways to inspire a love of STEM in their children.

Growing the event from 19 in the first year offered to this year’s 27 locations could not be possible without the help many volunteers willing to host any event, as well as with the support of premiere sponsor, John Deere, with promotional support from Iowa Public Television (IPTV).

 


About Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa:
Serving girls in Central and Western Iowa, NE Nebraska and SE South Dakota, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa provides leadership programming to over 15,000 girls and 4,000 adult volunteers. It is a great time to be a Girl Scout and you can sign up at any time during the year. To find out more about our program, please visit our website at www.girlscoutsiowa.org or call us at 800-342-8389.

About The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership:
The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) is the operations arm of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and is a state-funded initiative led by the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). IMSEP’s goals are to improve mathematics and science performance of Iowa students; to prepare more high quality mathematics and science teachers for Iowa’s schools; and to promote statewide collaboration and cooperation. For more information, contact the IMSEP office at (319) 273-2959, imsep@uni.edu or visit www.iowamathscience.org.

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