Inspiring Future Engineers: GFMEDC/NDSU Pilot Project Pairs K-12 Students With NDSU Engineering Students

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“We’re going to play a really fun game today.”

Mackayla Headlee, a senior in electrical engineering at NDSU has spent the last couple months with nine second graders at Ed Clapp Elementary in Fargo. Headlee works with the students on projects that help advance classroom lessons. Headlee is one of two NDSU students from the College of Engineering who spend 30 minutes twice a week with small groups of students. Headlee and her counterpart help students learn to apply their current math content to examples representing real life situations.

The students use a process Headlee calls think, pair and share. The second graders think about the problem, pair up with a partner to talk about solutions and then share with the group. The process helps them learn to work together and see different ways to solve a problem.

“These are the same problem solving skills I use in college,” said Headlee.

The pilot program was started in 2015-2016 thanks to a collaboration among the GFMEDC, NDSU and Fargo Public Schools. Two engineering students are spending ten weeks at Ed Clapp teaching a total of 20 students who range from level one to five in terms of math competency. The GFMEDC is providing the college students’ stipends.

Along with inspiring the students to learn different ways to tackle math concepts (and hopefully to love math), the program aims to create pathways to careers like engineering. The NDSU students act as role models, sharing their love of math with the kids and planting the seed in their minds that they too can pursue STEM fields. This program has the potential to reach more students getting them excited about learning math from role models who use it in their everyday lives

115medium“I loved math and a big reason was because I saw how math could be applied to the real world,” said Headlee. With her grandfather and father as engineering role models, engineering was a natural choice for her.

The two engineering students also spent time at Fargo North helping in a mechanical engineering class.

FM Welcome Party – Grab Your Ticket And Join Us March 22

We’re throwing a party! So if you are new to the area (or kinda new), join us!

We want to be the first ones to welcome you to Fargo-Moorhead! We’re so glad you moved here.

It’s a night where you can meet new friends and see what makes Fargo-Moorhead a great place to live. Grab a drink, enjoy some great food, and ask other new residents (and locals) why they like living here or any other question or thing that is confusing you. For example, where is “the lake” everyone goes to in the summer? It’s all sponsored by us, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation. Yep, we’re way more fun than we sound! Untitled-3-01


Moved here 6 days ago? Perfect! More like 6 years? We’d love to see you there!

Grab a ticket here:
Eventbrite - FM Welcome Party

March 22
6:00 – 8:30 pm at ecce art + yoga
216 Broadway N, Fargo ND

All are welcome (professionals, spouses, kids, students, new graduates)!

Know someone who just moved here? Share this event with them!
We’re making it a pretty big deal; heck, you’re worth it!

And join us pre-party for a walking tour of Downtown:

Eventbrite - FM Welcome Party | Walking tour

FM Welcome Party – Grab Your Ticket And Join Us March 22

We’re throwing a party! So if you are new to the area (or kinda new), join us!

We want to be the first ones to welcome you to Fargo-Moorhead! We’re so glad you moved here.

It’s a night where you can meet new friends and see what makes Fargo-Moorhead a great place to live. Grab a drink, enjoy some great food, and ask other new residents (and locals) why they like living here or any other question or thing that is confusing you. For example, where is “the lake” everyone goes to in the summer? It’s all sponsored by us, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation. Yep, we’re way more fun than we sound! Untitled-3-01


Moved here 6 days ago? Perfect! More like 6 years? We’d love to see you there!

Grab a ticket here:

March 22
6:00 – 8:30 pm at ecce art + yoga
216 Broadway N, Fargo ND

All are welcome (professionals, spouses, kids, students, new graduates)!

Know someone who just moved here? Share this event with them!
We’re making it a pretty big deal; heck, you’re worth it!

And join us pre-party for a walking tour of Downtown:

Eventbrite - FM Welcome Party | Walking tour

Fargo Moorhead fans can share love of FM and earn prizes

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, folks who love Fargo Moorhead can share the good news of our community with

their social networks while earning awesome prizes just for clicking share!

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is excited to launch a new Smart Move Ambassador Program. Through the program, Fargo Moorhead fans can sign up to be an ambassador. Once a person signs up, they can link their account to the available social media platforms of their choice. Once a week, the EDC will send out content that each ambassador can share on their chosen social platforms. Each ambassador can earn points and win fun prizes.

The Ambassador program is in response to the great need to recruit more people to our metro community. The Fargo Moorhead region continues to experience a low unemployment rate and a large number of open jobs. When you factor in the misperceptions or lack of perception about the area, recruiting can be a challenge.

“That’s why the ambassador program is so important. The ambassador is a trusted source sending positive messages about Fargo Moorhead to their friends and family, said Lisa Gulland-Nelson, VP Marketing & PR, GFMEDC, “We’re hoping this program helps people become true ambassadors of the Fargo Moorhead region. We know people love living here, and we want to make it easy for them to spread the word about how great it is.”

Ambassadors earn points by adding social networks and sharing messages through the program. The EDC will give out big prizes like a staycation along with other small prizes like gift cards to favorite local coffee shops and other businesses.

The program is managed through an online system called Social Toaster. To sign up, go to www.smartmovefm.com/ambassador. The first 200 will receive an awesome t-shirt designed by a local artist.

Fargo Moorhead Fans Can Share Love Of FM And Earn Prizes

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, folks who love Fargo Moorhead can share the good news of our community with their social networks while earning awesome prizes just for clicking share!

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is excited to launch a new Smart Move Ambassador Program. Through the program, Fargo Moorhead fans can sign up to be an ambassador. Once a person signs up, they can link their account to the available social media platforms of their choice. Once a week, the EDC will send out content that each ambassador can share on their chosen social platforms. Each ambassador can earn points and win fun prizes.

The Ambassador program is in response to the great need to recruit more people to our metro community. The Fargo Moorhead region continues to experience a low unemployment rate and a large number of open jobs. When you factor in the misperceptions or lack of perception about the area, recruiting can be a challenge.

“That’s why the ambassador program is so important. The ambassador is a trusted source sending positive messages about Fargo Moorhead to their friends and family, said Lisa Gulland-Nelson, VP Marketing & PR, GFMEDC, “We’re hoping this program helps people become true ambassadors of the Fargo Moorhead region. We know people love living here, and we want to make it easy for them to spread the word about how great it is.”

Ambassadors earn points by adding social networks and sharing messages through the program. The EDC will give out big prizes like a staycation along with other small prizes like gift cards to favorite local coffee shops and other businesses.

The program is managed through an online system called Social Toaster. To sign up, go to www.smartmovefm.com/ambassador. The first 200 will receive an awesome t-shirt designed by a local artist.

Smart Move Summits

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Idea generation is great.
But if no action is taken, then it’s all just talk.
That’s why the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC has organized a series of summits geared to create action items. Four annual Summits address IT, manufacturing, healthcare, and engineering.

Collaborating with industry professionals and education leaders we work to break down silos, build on successes and tackle challenges.

In every summit, round-table discussions occur giving people the chance to share their own perspectives, triumphs and challenges. Key takeaways are identified before anyone leaves. Those takeaways are turned over to newly formed committees.

By hosting these summits focusing on a variety of industries, we hope to continue fostering the innovation that comes out of collaborative conversations.


Check out some of the recent takeaways on Twitter with the hashtag #SmartMoveSummit

Smart Move Summits

IT summit logo

Idea generation is great.
But if no action is taken, then it’s all just talk.
That’s why the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC has organized a series of summits geared to create action items. Four annual Summits address IT, manufacturing, healthcare, and engineering.

Collaborating with industry professionals and education leaders we work to break down silos, build on successes and tackle challenges.

In every summit, round-table discussions occur giving people the chance to share their own perspectives, triumphs and challenges. Key takeaways are identified before anyone leaves. Those takeaways are turned over to newly formed committees.

By hosting these summits focusing on a variety of industries, we hope to continue fostering the innovation that comes out of collaborative conversations.


Join the conversation on Twitter:


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Welcome To Fargo Moorhead | Community Info

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There’s always something going on in Fargo-Moorhead.
Curious about the tech community? We’ve got info. Want to get involved in the arts? No problem. Check out more info (and follow the links) below.


Curious about the tech community?
Go to Emerging Prairie to find out about all sort of ongoing tech and entrepreneurial events like game makers meetups, e-commerce breakfasts, Startup Drinks, 1 Million Cups, and more.

Girl DevelopIt is a nonprofit that provides “affordable and judgement-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.”

Moorhead Community Education
Beginning Woodcarving, Windows 7, Managing Files and Folders, Meet the Publisher, Get Your Manuscript Critiqued, Social Dance, you name it and there’s probably a class!
Call 218-284-3400

Want to go back to school?
We’ve got a lot of choices…
North Dakota State University
Minnesota State University Moorhead
NDSCS Fargo
MState
Rasmussen
Globe University School of Business
University of Mary Satellite Campus


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There’s loads of things for families to do (and get involved in)!

Between Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead, there’s over 3,000 acres of parks; Check out the Fargo Monthly Family guide; plenty of great things to do!

School district information: Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead


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For career options, check out our jobs board, or get in touch with Job Service of North Dakota.


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First Link has great information about how to volunteer + make a difference in the Fargo-Moorhead community.


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The Arts Partnership covers arts and culture in Fargo-Moorhead, including events to attend and get involved in.

The Fargo-Moorhead community has tons of restaurants; they’re worth exploring for yourself (but here’s a list to get started).

With this much going on, it’s hard to keep track! The Fargo Beat and Fargo Underground keep you updated on the coolest events, newest restaurants, and local favorites.


Got anything to add, looking for something else? Share in the comments or send us the info and we’ll add it.

About 240 high school students get a glimpse of a promising career option

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More than 240 students recently got a firsthand look at what a career in manufacturing could look like.

$50,000 annual salary anyone?

Organized by the GFMEDC, students toured four of six companies that opened up their manufacturing floors for the one-day visitors.

For one Moorhead student, it was an opportunity to see an additional career option. The student enjoyed seeing the process at Caterpillar Reman.

“I just get a kick out of watching how this big equipment goes together.”

The tours were organized by the GFMEDC as part of a larger strategy to educate and inform students about the opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Students got a firsthand look at the careers and learned about the potential wages in manufacturing.

Companies that took part in the tours were: John Deere Electronic Solutions, Caterpillar Reman, Trail King Industries, Integrity Windows Aldevron and Appareo

Participating schools were West Fargo Public, Fargo Public, Oak Grove and Moorhead Area Public.