An area university will be the site of a major S.T.E.M. competition for middle and high school students in a few months.
More than 800 members of the Missouri Technology Student Association, or TSA, will descend upon the campus of MSSU in April for the T.S.A. State Conference and Competition. Some of the state’s best and brightest young S.T.E.M. minds will take part in more than 60 science, technology, engineering and math related contests. Dr. Elke Howe, Chair of MSSU Engineering Technology says the event will not only be a great recruiting tool for future students, it will benefit the entire Joplin community.
“Well it’s a tremendous economic impact because you have 800 people coming here for three days, they’re going to need a place to sleep, they’re gonna eat, they buy gas, they buy snacks so we anticipate that it’s good for Joplin and for the community,” says Dr. Elke Howe.
The statewide competition is usually held in Rolla on the campus of Missouri A&T. School officials say the timing for the event in mid-April will be perfect to show off the new mathematics building that will be open by that time as well as the recently upgraded Reynolds Hall.