School districts to visit Nov. 3 for Wis. Science Festival event

October 30, 2017

Student Jordana Brady works in a UW-Stout chemistry lab.

More than 300 students and teachers from at least seven west-central Wisconsin school districts will be at UW-Stout for the university’s Wisconsin Science Festival event Friday, Nov. 3.

The third annual STEM Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Jarvis Hall and other sites on campus. Students from grades six to 12 will have opportunities to explore a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics career fields.

School districts planning to send students are Bloomer, Colfax, Elk Mound, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Whitehall and Unity, the latter based in Balsam Lake.

They will visit various labs, such as the fab lab, plastics lab and packaging lab as well as STEM classrooms in Jarvis Hall. UW-Stout faculty and students from the STEMM College will assist with activities as students learn about food science, physics, plant identification and Wisconsin wildlife.

Student also will experiment with protein modeling, analytical chemistry and use a scanning electron microscope. Smart apps will be on display so students can learn more about coding, and they can visit the Niche Boutique in Heritage Hall. Many of them will tour UW-Stout’s clean room.

Also, interactive booths from businesses in the Menomonie area will help students learn about STEM careers.

The Wisconsin Science Festival: Curiosity Unleashed was founded in 2011 and is part of the national Science Festival Alliance. In 2016 more than 30,000 people attended 285 events throughout Wisconsin. Events this year will be held Nov. 2-5.

UW-Stout’s event is being coordinated by Shelley Lee, STEM Outreach specialist for the STEMM College.

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Student Jordana Brady works in a UW-Stout chemistry lab.