Group seeks to end math, science fear and loathing

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A campaign to help Washington kids go from fearing -- and sometimes flunking -- math and science to embracing careers that require technical skills is celebrating its first anniversary this week.

So far, nonprofit Washington STEM has given out $3 million for programs that will reach about 16,000 children around the state.

Washington STEM emphasizes business involvement in the classroom as one way to help kids understand how much they could benefit from trying harder in their math and science classes.