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STEM Day at the State Fair Aug. 25

The second annual STEM day (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at the Minnesota State Fair returns for the opening day in Carousel Park, just outside the grandstand, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, August 25. CEHD's STEM Education Center will be a featured participant.

STEM Day at the State Fair is focused on reaching K-12 students, teachers, and parents with positive messages about career opportunities and the fun and benefits of STEM paths for young people in society.

Visitors will be able to engage in hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations from a diverse array of exhibitors and organizations. A performance stage will entertain and educate audiences with experiments and demonstrations.

Activities include showing children and their parents how to engage in STEM after school and interactive demonstrations from schools and organizations that illustrate how science, technology, engineer, and mathematics permeate every-day life.

In addition to the the STEM Education Center, this year's roster of participants includes: 3M Visiting Wizards, The Bakken Museum, Bell Museum of Natural History, Cedar Park STEM Elementary, Eagan FIRST Robotics, ExploraDomeMN, First Tech Challenge First Robotics, Future City, Imation, Independent Learning LLP, KidWind, Laura Jeffrey Academy, Midway Technology Systems, Microsoft, Minnesota 4-H, Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, Minnesota High Tech Association, the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University, the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, Science Museum of Minnesota, SciGirls at Twin Cities Public Television, STARBASE Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, South Central College, and The Works.

The inaugural STEM Day at the State Fair was held at the opening day of the State Fair in 2010 and was attended by 2,000 visitors, including Governor Tim Pawlenty, Senator Al Franken, and others.

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