Iron Range Science & Engineering Festival inspires young minds

By KBJR News 1

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 8:05 AM CDT

Chisholm, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The 3rd annual science and engineering festival brought over 12-hundred 7th graders out of the class for some hands on learning.

Students learned about mining, electricity, wolf tracking, and even neutrinos among many other science topics.
The event was held at the Minnesota Discovery Center and gets young minds from Cook to Grand Rapids out of the classroom to grasp science topics in a very real way.

"This is much more hands on. These topics are also things that are really relevant to them in their lives. So, it's bringing the science to everyday life" said Minnesota Discovery Center Curator, Mai Vang.

And the students would agree.

"You get to learn things, you don't have to copy what's on a board. You actually have to pay attention to know stuff" said 7th Grader, Grace Bragg.

Topics ranging from neutrinos and dark matter to rocks and minerals all taught by experts in the field...The students say it's a lot to take in, but certain things stick out.

"I didn't know my brain could power a light bulb" said Bragg.

"I didn't know that ore, like you have to go through a bunch of procedures to get it, I thought you just dig it up and just leave it" said 7th Grader, Joseph Glowack.

Students also learned that they can become hands on experts with a little guidance and practice.

The festival not only gives students a chance to learn about science and technology in the area. It also gives older students a chance to teach younger students about their robots.

"We talked about what the robots do and our competitions" said 9th Grader, Erin Anderson.

"I just really liked showing kids what we've done and what they could do" said 10th Grader, Axel Valeri.

Inspiring young minds to discover science.

The festival is in its third year and is made possible by the sponsorship of dozens of Iron Range businesses.

Bryce Henry