Wis. Science Festival: Area students explore STEM fields Oct. 12

Student Jiahui Shang works in a chemistry lab at UW-Stout.
​Jerry Poling | October 5, 2018

High school and middle school students from the region will have the opportunity Friday, Oct. 12, at UW-Stout to explore what they might want to do for a career.

More than 300 students from at least six schools are expected from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Stout Connects You STEM Festival, part of the Wisconsin Science Festival. The visitors will include eighth-grade honor students from Whitehall and the Science Olympiad team from New Richmond Middle School. Other schools scheduled to attend include Colfax, Elk Mound, Rice Lake and Stanley-Boyd.

Students will be able to take part in interactive displays and visit labs related to STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — programs offered at UW-Stout.

Also, regional businesses that provide jobs in STEM fields will have booths with displays.

The event coordinator is Shelley Lee, STEM Outreach specialist for the College of Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Management. “We will showcase Stout’s polytechnic approach to STEM education,” Lee said.

UW-Stout is Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, with a focus on applied learning, collaboration with business and industry, and career outcomes.

The Wisconsin Science Festival: Curiosity Unleashed was founded in 2011 and is part of the national Science Festival Alliance. In 2017 about 36,000 people attended more than 200 events throughout the state. Events this year will be held Oct. 11-14.

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