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Sen. Franken Visits Duluth Promoting 'STEM' Education Opportunities

Created: 01/20/2014 10:54 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was in Duluth on Monday visiting the Duluth East FIRST Robotics team.

Franken's visit was to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math - or STEM - education opportunities.

As a member of the Senate Education Committee, Franken praised the robotics program, and says it's a good example of preparing students for careers in growing fields.

"It's unbelievably beneficial, I think, to the students," Franken said during his tour of the team's design space at Archer Automotive. "When you're looking at what the future jobs are, 80 percent of the top new jobs are going to be in STEM."

"Duluth East is doing remarkable things, and it's spreading around the state. It's really good for Minnesota, it's good for Duluth, and it's good for America"

The Daredevils are designing and building a brand new robot in order to compete at the Duluth Regional Robotics Tournament at the DECC March 7th and 8th.

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