WWU's Geary to discuss STEM education in grade schools

The future of STEM education in grade schools will be the topic of an upcoming event hosted by the nonprofit Technology Alliance for Northwest Washington, or TAG.

Ed Geary, director of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program at Western Washington University, will give a presentation covering the current state of STEM training—STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics—in K-12 schooling in the U.S. and offer perspective on where it is heading in the future.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. in Bellingham. Registration costs $15 for TAG members; $25 for nonmembers (More information online).

Geary has extensive background in STEM education development. Prior to his directorship role at WWU, he was the program director for the division for research on learning in formal and informal settings with the National Science Foundation, where he worked with STEM education programs.

TAG also plans to honor George “Pinky” Nelson, an American astronaut and professor emeritus at WWU, will the 2012-2013 Science Education Advocate Award, presented by the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform program, or LASER.

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