Preparing Minnesota Students
to Be Leaders in Math and Science
- View the webcast
- Download the fact sheet about Minnesota’s college readiness in math and science
- Read the post-event press release
Minnesota’s economy relies on growth and innovation in the science, engineering, and medical sectors. Yet, when we examine performance gaps, the number of women and minority students excelling in these high-skill, high-wage professions is leveling off or even declining.
Our children will enter the workforce in an economy in which math, technology, and the sciences will play a leading role. That’s why the state is seeking to raise math and science standards to ensure all students have rigorous opportunities to excel in these essential skills.
Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel into space, delivered an inspiring keynote address. Dr. Jemison has been a NASA astronaut and a Peace Corps medical officer, among other professions in science, medicine, and engineering. Presently, Dr. Jemison leads several technology companies she has founded.
Dr. Eric Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota, also lead a discussion, inviting local youth to share their direct experiences with classroom opportunities and expectations in math and science.