February 02, 2005

Crapo To Keynote Symposium To Promote Math, Science And Technology Education

Symposium to highlight teaching resources

Washington, DC â?? On Monday, May 24, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will keynote a symposium targeted at promoting more study in math, science and technology fields. Crapo worked with local, state and federal government agencies as well as a number of Idaho businesses and business organizations in setting up â??Charting the Course for Idahoâ??s Children: The Senator Mike Crapo Math, Science and Technology Education Symposium.â?? The one-day symposium brings together school superintendents, principals, and math and science teachers. Approximately 150 Idaho educators are expected to attend.â??Idaho teachers have done an outstanding job with their present resources in teaching math, science and technology to our students,â?? Crapo said. â??Idaho students have consistently improved their testing scores in science and math subjects in the last decade, despite lower per-student funding levels than many other states. It is imperative that we continue this focus because these fields are vital to our economy today, and such studies will prepare students for their future careers.â??Representatives from the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho Space Grant Consortium, the Math and Science Partnership program, Micron, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, the Idaho office of Science and Technology, and the Idaho Professional Technical Education will be participating in the panel discussions and leading workshops throughout the symposium.The symposium is a continuation of the efforts Crapo has undertaken to encourage more students to study math, science and technology. Earlier this year, Crapo announced the creation of the Mike Crapo Math and Science Scholarship Fund, which will be administered by the Idaho Community Foundation.Crapo will speak at a luncheon scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. Mountain at the Red Lion Downtowner Hotel, 1800 Fairview Avenue, Boise. The event is open to the media.# # #