STEM advocates and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics teams joined together at the Capitol this week for a day of advocacy and demonstrations showcasing the benefits STEM education can provide Minnesota students.
High school teams proudly displayed their robots and explained to lawmakers how they worked and even held a competition to see which of the teams’ robots could stack giant Legos the quickest. Legislators spoke on the importance of STEM education in Minnesota schools and encouraged young people to continue pursuing their passion and learning more about the world of STEM and the benefits it provides to the state as a whole.
STEM education fosters creativity and ingenuity, encourages teamwork, and teaches problem-solving skills. DFL legislators are committed to continuing to build upon STEM programs in Minnesota, which help our young people learn more about the world around them, and the STEM Advocacy Day is a perfect example of that building happening in real time.