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Moms' Night Out at IPTV

October 7, 2010

Iowa Public Television will serve as a hostsite for Moms Night Out for STEM(science, technology, engineering and math), a satellite event for the firstUSA Science and Engineering Festival, on October 18, 2010. The event will takeplace at Iowa Public Television’s headquarters Monday, October 18 at  7 p.m.

Toregister for the event at IPTV, contact Tiffany DeJager at 515-242-5421or visit www.iowamathscience.org/.  Also check for Moms Night Out for STEM onFacebook to connect with others attending. 

Moms Night Out forSTEMwas a brainstorm by the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP)and the Iowa State Engineering College to inspireprimary caretakers, particularly moms, to get ‘hands on’ with their children’smath and science education. The premiere sponsor of this Iowa satellite event is John Deere.

Recentstudies have indicated that primary caregivers help to shape the aptitudes andattitudes of their children toward mathematics and science. “Evidence continuesto mount that point to moms (and dads) as key to the attitudes and decisions ofyouth when it comes to STEM careers,” says Jeff Weld, Director of IMSEP. “Thissatellite event in conjunction with the USA Science and Engineering Festivalputs moms and dads right in the middle of the mix.”

Puttingthem in the middle of the mix will help to target those caregivers by giving themways to educate their kids, kindergarten through sixth grade, in order to makemath and science more fun and less daunting. Moms Night Out for STEM will feature hands on experiences withlocal teachers and researchers to show how math and science can be fun. It willalso include items for parents to take home and use with their children.

IowaPublic Television’s Moms Night Outsatellite event is part of numerous other events thrown across the nationduring the week of October 10 in celebration of the first USA Science andEngineering Festival, to be held in Washington D.C. on October 23-24, 2010.  Iowais the only state attempting to do multiple events on one night. Locationsaround the state include museums, schools and libraries where moms can go tosocialize and learn the best ways to inspire a love of math and science totheir children.

For immediate release:
October 7, 2010

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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