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Mike Bahma, (far left) site director for 3M-Cottage Grove, presents Park teachers Megan Diediker (left) and Bonnie Thoe-Austin and Park Principal Kerry Timmerman with a $19,000 Ingenuity Grant. The program rewards high school teacher teams who devise innovative ways to generate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)

3M grant for Park to promote math instruction

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It’s been a frequent refrain of more than a few high school students: Why do I need to know math?

Park High School teachers Bonnie Thoe-Austin and Megan Diediker put together a plan to help answer that question.

Diediker teaches geometry and algebra. Thoe-Austin teaches technology integration, architectural design and a shop class where students might disassemble an 8.5 horsepower OHV Briggs & Stratton engine, put it back together and make it run.

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