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Student Summit Tackles Modern-Day Sputnik
November 5, 2007

Fifty years after Sputnik 1 was launched into outer space, America now finds itself in another race: a race to compete globally in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Even as U.S. high school students’ mathematics and science test scores lag behind other nations’ and workforce shortages in related fields loom, no one has taken the time to ask students critical questions about how to motivate them to study advanced STEM courses and pursue associated careers necessary for America to maintain its global leadership. Until now.

The first-ever Iowa High School Student Summit on Mathematics and Science will forge into untrodden territory and involve today’s students – the very people who will determine the future ability of America to compete – in the solution process.

The bulk of conference time will be spent gathering information from the students. The Iowa High School Student Summit on Mathematics and Science is November 7th, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Price Laboratory School Fieldhouse, located at 19th and Campus Streets on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

For more information, please contact Joan Duea, director of the Iowa Mathematics and Science Coalition at 319-273-6863 or

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