Lakeland College

Lakeland hosting science and engineering festival

Mind Trekkers coming to LakelandLakeland College will host Michigan Technological University's Mind Trekkers' second Sheboygan Area Science and Engineering Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10.

More than 50 Mind Trekkers will be teaming up with more than 40 Lakeland College student volunteers to conduct more than 80 exciting, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Friday's event is for middle school students in the area. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled, with more than 1,600 middle schoolers expected. Saturday's festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Lakeland College. The event is free, and activities are appropriate for K-12 students and adults of all ages.

"Lakeland is excited to welcome Mind Trekkers and their enthusiasts to our campus for two days of fun activities that we hope will interest young people in exploring STEM career paths," said Lakeland President Dan Eck. "Lakeland College's science program offers our students cutting-edge research opportunities and partnerships with local firms that have students working on real-world projects. We are looking forward to seeing our talented students share their knowledge and skills as part of this unique experience for school children."

Sponsoring companies will also host displays staffed by STEM professionals form their own organizations, allowing students and parents to explore a day in the life of a chemical engineer, an information technology specialist and many more "hot" careers in the expanding global economy.

Sponsors of the festival include Kohler Co., Rockline Industries, Mercury Marine, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, Plexus Corp., The Vollrath Co., Miller Electric Manufacturing Co., Sigma-Aldrich Corp. and Alliant Energy Foundation, with others still coming on board.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Lakeland College and so many corporations and nonprofits to bring this science and engineering festival to the people of the Sheboygan area," said Steve Patchin, director of the Center for Pre-college Outreach at Michigan Tech. "The excitement that events like this generate do so much to inspire young people to think about careers in the STEM fields and to motivate their families and teachers to support them in those interests."

Friday's event is for middle school students in the area. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled, with more than 1,600 middle schoolers expected. Saturday's festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m. at Lakeland College.

The event is free, and activities are appropriate for K-12 students and adults of all ages.

For more information, contact David Gallianetti at Lakeland College at , or Steve Patchin at Michigan Tech at . Learn more about Mind Trekkers at mindtrekkers.mtu.edu/.

 

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