After visits from the secretary of education and Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray made a stop at Newton North Tuesday morning as part of his tour of vo-tech schools across the state.
Murray toured a number of Newton North's career and technical programs, including engineering, drafting and carpentry classes as well as the school's Innovation Lab.
In addition, Murray had a chance to sit in on classes focused on areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including an AP Biology course currently studying synthetic microbiology.
During his visit to Newton North, Murray spoke about the importance of getting young people interested and excited about STEM subjects and programs, as it can help bring innovation to the Massachusetts economy.
Murray said he was impressed with the Newton North program and the school's ability to expose students to both tech programs and academic courses, allowing kids to have a "fuller experience" in their education.
After his visit Tuesday, Murray went on to chair a STEM Advisory Council meeting in Malden and announced $140,000 in competitive grants STEM education initiatives for three regional STEM networks in the state.