UMD Hosts STEM Event For Local Youth

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 18, 2018 11:26 AM

DULUTH- Hundreds of students from local middle schools and high schools were welcomed to UMD campus on Saturday for the STEM Event. The students participated in hands-on activities relating to science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Kyle Kittelson, a high school student, said he was excited to be attending the event with his friends and brother.

"I love engineering, my brother likes engineering, and my friend likes science, so it was a good match," Kittelson said.

The free event was hosted by the Swenson College of Science and Engineering.

William Carlson, a high school student, participated in several sessions.

"The ice cream lab where they made some ice cream with the nitrogen. There’s the snowmobile lab, and then we did the engineering stuff. We also did the electrical brain impulse one. It’s interesting and it’s kind of new so it’s pretty cool," Carlson said.

There were plenty of sessions the students could choose from.

Loranzie Rogers, a STEM event organizer and UMD student, was doing a session on electric fish.

"Were using Amazonian night fish and we are looking at electrical organ discharges that are occurring and looking at how there's a physiological difference between different fishes that produce electricity," Rogers said.

Megan Johnson, a UMD student, was giving students an introduction to the Media Motion Across Disciplines Lab.

"This laboratory is a multi-disciplinary research center. There's biomechanics, there's mathematics, there’s acting. Because of that, it's a combination of science and art," Johnson said.

Students got a tour of the sound booth, the green screen, and also a lesson on motion capture.

Andrew Wiener, a high school student, said science is his favorite school subject.

"I take PSEO classes right now. I'm doing a lot of chemistry and physics classes. I'm really excited to do a lot of engineering stuff. It’s a lot of fun for me,” Wiener said.

The event was also a great opportunity for the attendee’s to interact with college students and faculty about pursuing STEM degrees.

"You see ideas and their gears turning a little bit, thinking about how they can use this later on in life," Rogers said.



Alejandra Palacios

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