Franken drawn to Magnet


U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., toured the Salk Pre-engineering Magnet School on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

He’s touting STEM schools — those that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — as one of the directions he would like to see the United States take to compete better in the global economy.

Salk students showed off what they have been doing at the Elk River middle school, including their work in a computerized industrial technology classroom and on History Day.

Franken humored students about their projects and the work they had done with his gift of making people laugh, but as the tour wore on Franken got more serious in his talks about the importance of education in America.

In the photo above right he spoke with Ron Hustvedt’s social studies students Zoua Yang, Megan Hetterick, Ciib Yang and Xaitheng Yang. The students, who will participate in the school’s History Day program, shared with Franken the backgrounds of their families and why they chose to come to Salk.

Franken commented on how the students he met seemed very engaged in their subject matter.

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