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Hoeven declares Nov. 24 as STEM Day

The STEM Center in West Fargo has grabbed the attention of North Dakota's top official.

Gov. John Hoeven was in town on Tuesday to officially recognize Nov. 24, as STEM Day.

"The impact of the STEM school already is being felt," Hoeven said.

The biggest example of the center's success was the second-place finish by the STEM team at the recent Bison Best robotics competition in Fargo. The team of sixth- and seventh-grade students competed in a field of 24 regional teams comprised mostly of high-school-aged students. The finish, Hoeven said, proves STEM works.

The STEM Bison Best team qualified for regional competition, which runs Dec. 3-5 in Arkansas.

The STEM Center in West Fargo is the first of its kind in North Dakota. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and places emphasis on the aforementioned to better prepare students for an increasingly technological-based work world.

"West Fargo public schools are pioneers in STEM-based education," Hoeven said, reading from an official state STEM Day proclamation.

Hoeven was presented with a Thank You card as well as a T-shirt designed by a STEM student.