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Aspiring young scientists head to Dordt for STEM Fest

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Students tested shape and weight principles on these gum drops and sticks before building a bridge in the hallway. Students tested shape and weight principles on these gum drops and sticks before building a bridge in the hallway.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KTIV) -

Aspiring young scientists gathered in Sioux Center, Iowa, Saturday.

Dordt College's science building was transformed into a series of laboratories for 130 fourth through eighth grade students. The emphasis was on STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Students spent blocks of time working to build miniature hovercrafts and construct experiments. Students even learned the basics of bridge building, and got to test out their experiment.

Organizers say the day is a great way to get kids excited about science.

"As they realize that there are more people out there, who are interested in the sciences, it helps encourages each one individually as well," said Nolan Van Gaalen, professor of engineering at Dordt College.

Each breakout group had about a dozen students who spent 45 minutes at each station.

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