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STEM labs encourage kids to explore science Submitted: 09/21/2018
Angela Kim
Angela Kim
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akim@wjfw.com

STEM labs encourage kids to explore science
WAUSAU - Tough math and science classes can scare some kids away from exploring those fields in the future.

However, the STEM Scouts counter that by showing kids how much fun they can have while learning tough topics.

Science gadgets were all over the Northcentral Technical College campus in Wausau on Friday. It's all to get kids more involved in science.

According to coordinator Jannah Brandt, the atmosphere at Wausau's Northcentral Technical College could only be described in two words: controlled chaos. 

"We [had] over 100 different hands-on STEM demonstrations," said Brandt.

The halls were filled with gadgets, games, and over 4,000 children. This included seventh grader Brenna Dulak, who said she enjoyed learning about how to incorporate science and technology into daily activities.

"It's actually pretty cool to be in the science and technology," said Dulak. "I just did [an activity] where you use a circuit and you play the piano with different kinds of fruit."

The Boy Scouts of America created the STEM Scouts lab, which is open to boys and girls. It promotes science, technology, engineering, and math for middle school students.

"Not only the state, but the national government has put a focus on STEM education," said event organizer Darren Ackley. "[They're] making sure we can stay competitive globally."

Labs will open in Merrill and Rhinelander soon.

"Lots of jobs here need STEM backgrounds," said Brandt. "So we need those different educational programs that students can experience."

On Saturday, there will be another event in Wausau. It's open to the public and kids can return with their families to experiment more.



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