FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Kathy Hall, Executive Director
Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley
303-807-2574 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org www.efsvv.org
Education Foundation to Host Tech Fair 2012 for St. Vrain Valley District Students
Longmont, CO – October 12, 2011 – A workforce steeped in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) skills is forecast to be increasingly central to U.S. economic competitiveness and growth in the future. These skills are identified as the “Foundation of the Future” and as many as 60% of all jobs will require some STEM skills by 2014. On October 10, 2011 federal legislation was introduced to strengthen STEM education nationwide.
With this as a backdrop, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley is pleased to announce that it will host Tech Fair 2012 for school district students. The Fair will be held April 13-14, 2012 at Skyline High School. The goal of Tech Fair 2012 is to reinforce and expand on STEM advancements across the school district by providing the opportunity for students to showcase high quality research projects that offer technology-based solutions to real world problems.
The Tech Fair offers local business partners and community members opportunities to be judges, sponsors and even provide technical assistance to school teams, just to name a few. Details about Tech Fair 2012 and how you can become involved can be found at http://techfair.efsvv.org or by calling 303-807-2574.
ABOUT STEM in St. Vrain Valley Schools - Over the past several years the school district has strengthened its STEM curriculum at all grade levels increasing awareness of the skills our students will need to be successful in the 21st Century. A number of schools have taken on STEM or technology as their primary focus. Other schools have expanded the accessibility of technology for students across curriculum areas. Professional development opportunities to help teachers expand the use of technology in their classroom have expanded considerably to support these directions.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION - The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, an independent 501 (c)(3) organization, was founded in 1985. Today, its mission is the provide resources and educational opportunities, in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools and our local communities, to enhance student success and teacher excellence. As a result, its goal is to supplement the traditional education experience in ways that maximize the effectiveness of teachers and result in enhanced student achievement in an increasingly complex and competitive worldwide environment. Since inception, the Foundation has made awards totaling approximately $1.5 million.