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Wichita State conference to focus on those in STEM fields

Ian Bench sits in a jet simulator at Wichita’s Mueller Elementary School. This fall, the aerospace and engineering magnet school near 18th and Grove will be the first school in the country to launch the NASA-inspired Space Discovery Institute its STEM-education program, which gives students hands-on experience with aerospace technology. (April 8, 2015)
Ian Bench sits in a jet simulator at Wichita’s Mueller Elementary School. This fall, the aerospace and engineering magnet school near 18th and Grove will be the first school in the country to launch the NASA-inspired Space Discovery Institute its STEM-education program, which gives students hands-on experience with aerospace technology. (April 8, 2015) File photo

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained the incorrect week to be declared Science, Technology and Engineering and Math Week

Wichita State University is sponsoring a conference this week to build collaboration among professionals and educators working with STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Gov. Sam Brownback or a Brownback representative will help open the conference, WSU officials said in a statement. John Tomblin, WSU’s vice president for research and technology transfer, will give the keynote speech.

On Tuesday, Brownback will declare this week Science, Technology and Engineering and Math Week with an official proclamation at the Kansas Call-to-Action STEM Forum, WSU said.

Educators and industry professionals from the STEM fields are invited. The conference takes place Tuesday and Wednesday at the National Center for Aviation and Training, 4004 N. Webb Road. On-site registration is available beginning at 8 a.m., WSU officials said.

Anyone with a stake in preparing young people for jobs in the STEM workforce is invited, WSU said.

WSU said on-site registration costs $30 for K-12 teachers, $65 for government and academia representatives, and $125 for STEM industry professionals. A schedule is available at http://stempact2020.org/calltoaction.

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