Rachel Burcin, CMU’s Global Programs Manager at the Robotics Institute, and Angela Keiser, a member of the planning team, co-facilitated the last in a series of community dialogues in Venango County. The series was held at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce Building learning spaces of the Institute for Innovation for Tomorrow (II4T). The roundtable conversation contributed to a growing bank of ideas shaping a Rural STEM Summit, currently scheduled for June 13 at the newly renovated  II4T facility on Franklin’s main street. Purposes driving the Rural STEM Summit include the spread of general awareness of  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) studies,  encouragement of more student participation in regional STEM-related instruction and activities, and spotlighting employment opportunities in STEM fields.