Discovery Center Festival Sparks Interest in Science, Engineering

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM CDT

Chisholm, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Iron Range seventh graders got an up close look at careers in science and engineering this week at the Minnesota Discovery Center's Science and Engineering Festival.

Seventh graders from across the Range learned about everything from wind power to neutrinos, all in an effort to get them interested in careers in the sciences.

"It's just a wonderful opportunity for the kids to plan and think about their futures and the careers that are open to them," said Greenway High School science teacher, Howard Kusisto.

"We wanted to give them a smattering of things, kind of something to take home," said Ak Lipke of the Soudan Underground Mine Lab, who was a presenter at the festival.

Organizers hope the more than 1,100 students who attended the event consider choosing a career in the growing science and engineering field, maybe eventually landing a job on the Range.

"This provides them the opportunity to see the careers that they're going to be looking at in the future, especially if they want to stay on the Iron Range," said Kusisto.

Presenters say seventh grade is the ideal time to spark the student's interest.

"They're kind of choosing a path, they're making choices on classes," said Lipke.

This was the festival's second year. The number of students in attendance was almost double that of last year.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.