Student-led science roadshow comes to NWTC-Green Bay

Thursday February 5, 2015

Mind Trekkers event draws 2,000 middle school students to NWTC
to uncover the mysteries of science, technology, engineering and math

Over 2000 area students will enjoy a day of exciting hands-on science and technology activities when the Mind Trekkers roadshow comes to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Green Bay campus, Thursday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mind Trekkers is produced by Michigan Technological University.

Described as a “carnival of science,” the event focuses on STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Mind Trekkers gives students the opportunity to engage in over 100 hands-on activities that last between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. At NWTC, the more than 2,000 fifth through eighth grade students can participate in experiments that include racing floating Legos, walking on water, and eating ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.

Mind Trekkers graphic for 2015

Undergraduate and graduate students from Michigan Technological University and over 50 NWTC student volunteers will present the experiments.

Events like the Mind Trekkers road show are working to engage students in STEM-focused careers and education. According to a study of high school students performed by the Business-Higher Education Forum, only 17 percent of high school seniors were both proficient in math and interested in STEM fields, which is not sufficient to meet the U.S. workforce demand.

The Mind Trekkers group travels across the country going to festivals, fairs, schools and conventions.

Schools attending the NWTC event:  

  • Fairview Elementary School

  • Seymour Community School District

  • Red Smith School

  • Crivitz Middle School

  • Holy Family School

  • Bonduel Middle School

  • Howe Elementary

  • Hilbert Middle School

  • Little Chute Middle School

  • New London Intermediate Middle School

  • Washington Middle School

  • Edison Middle School

  • PCMS

  • Washington Middle School Oconto Falls

  • Franklin Middle School


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