May 3, 2013
STEM festival introduces students to science and technology
By Paul Lockwood, KTIV
Maddy, an eighth grader at Bishop Heelan-Sacred Heart School, Sioux City, dissects a brain while Jack Eastman, a seventh grader at Sacred Heart, observes.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are all things essential to Iowa's future.
Friday, Siouxland middle schoolers got a feel for those subjects literally.
Playing with spiders and millipedes and making chemistry magic were just some of the activities at Briar Cliff University's first STEM festival.
Students got this opportunity thanks to STEM investing in Iowa's science and technology classrooms, and more importantly Iowa's future.
"Iowa's going to need a skilled work force, and this generation of kids is going to be our problem solvers. They are going to be those who communicate globally and they're going to need critical thinking skills," Kari Webb, the Northwest Iowa STEM Regional Manager said.
Though some of experiments made students a little squeamish, but the students are not likely to forget experiments like handling brains. "It was really weird, but it felt cool. It was squishy," Rebecca Riedmann, a West Middle School student said.
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