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STEM festival introduces students to science and technology

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Playing with spiders and millipedes and making chemistry magic were just some of the activities at Briar Cliff University's first STEM festival. Playing with spiders and millipedes and making chemistry magic were just some of the activities at Briar Cliff University's first STEM festival.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are all things essential to Iowa's future.

Friday, Siouxland middle schoolers got a feel for those subjects literally.

Playing with spiders and millipedes and making chemistry magic were just some of the activities at Briar Cliff University's first STEM festival.

Student's got this opportunity thanks to STEM investing in Iowa's science and technology classrooms, and more importantly Iowa's future.

 

"Iowa's going to need a skilled work force, and this generation of kids is going to be our problem solvers. They are going to be those who communicate globally and they're going to need critical thinking skills," Kari Webb, the Northwest Iowa STEM Regional Manager said.

Though some of experiments made students a little squeamish, but the students are not likely to forget experiments like handling brains.

"It was really weird, but it felt cool. It was squishy," Rebecca Riedmann, a West Middle School student said.

It's an experience students will likely see for sometime to come.

According to Webb, the program has bi-partisan support in the legislature, so funding will not be disappearing anytime soon.

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