UWFox hosting ‘Mind-Trekker’ science and tech roadshow, public invited Saturday

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha will host the Michigan Technological University “Mind-Trekkers” science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event.

Today’s event is reserved for pre-registered middle schools in the Fox Cities area. Nearly 1,800 middle schoolers (grades 6-7-8) are expected to attend.

On Saturday, April 20, the general public is invited to take part in the “Mind-Trekkers” experience. The event is free.

“Mind-Trekkers” is administered by the MTU staff, undergrads and grad students and offers the opportunity for young visitors and their parents to view and participate in STEM-related demonstrations and interactive learning. The event is designed to engage students, parents and guests in STEM-focused careers and education in an effort to meet increasing demands of the nation’s workforce.

Described by MTU’s staff as, “a carnival of science,” the event gives students and visitors the opportunity to take part in more than 100 hands-on activities, including racing floating Legos, walking on water, and eating ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.

“Mind-Trekkers” is being staged mainly in the UWFox Fieldhouse. Businesses and organizations will have displays and informational tables located throughout the hallways of the UWFox campus.

In addition to the “Mind-Trekkers” event, the Weis Earth Science Museum (WESM) and the Barlow Planetarium will be open to the public on Saturday, April 20. The Barlow is celebrating “Astronomy Day” on Saturday, and will offer special shows in the planetarium, telescope displays and activities in the nearby lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The WESM is the state’s official mineralogical museum and offers geologic, mineral and dinosaur displays as part of its exhibits.