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Student-led science roadshow comes to NWTC-Green Bay

Author: Casey M Fryda

Friday February 5, 2016

Mind Trekkers event draws 2,000 middle school students to
to play with science, technology, engineering and math                                                   

Over 2,000 area middle school students will enjoy small explosions, shattering flowers, bending light, musical bananas and other exciting hands-on science and technology activities when the Mind Trekkers roadshow comes to Green Bay next week. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will host the event on Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mind Trekkers is produced by Michigan Technological University.
 
Mind Trekkers for 5th through 8th gradersDescribed 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. Undergraduate and graduate students from Michigan Tech and over 50 NWTC student volunteers will run 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. To interest more kids in STEM, the Mind Trekkers group travels across the country going to festivals, fairs, schools and conventions. The schools participating at NWTC will attend in four shifts so that every participant has the greatest opportunity to experience every booth.

Photos of 2015 Mind Trekkers event

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