Clinton Student Helps Iowa Become "Future Ready"
A Clinton High School student will help teach Iowa officials and administrators how to improve STEM education. This afternoon, Riley Hubbart will be a panelist during the Governor's 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit.
Michelle O'Neill reports Hubbart certainly seems to have the "right stuff" to lead.
Riley Hubbart, a junior at Clinton High, is the secretary of the student council, belongs to the local and state chapters of the Future Business Leaders of America, and plays varsity tennis. She'll be on the panel of a session is called, "The Right Stem Stuff."
She's prepared to answer questions such as, what makes a good STEM experience, and what do students need to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math.
"Mindset" is at the top of her list. She says, "You need to expect challenges and think of failures as successes not get down on yourself."
Hubbart's own interest in math and biology makes it fun for her to solve problems. But she says teachers need to love their subjects and have a lot of enthusiam if they want more students to go into STEM fields.
The Future Ready Summit will be held in Des Moines. And Hubbart says she's not nervous because she's talked with lawmakers before, as part of the Iowa Youth Congress.
Other panelists for "The Right STEM Stuff" include executives from Starbucks and Principal Financial Group, and officials from the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa's College of Engineering.