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Students get hands-on STEM learning

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – A day long event at Viterbo connected high school students with hands on science activities.

The Big Bang Friday event allowed more than 70 students from area high schools to learn STEM skills through activities like solving a murder with forensic science, creating a Rube Goldberg machine through collaborative engineering and many others.

The annual event puts students in a position to learn how to work with others they don’t know and helps show how science can be applied in the real world.

“STEM fields are one of the greatest demands in our country,” Viterbo biology professor Ted Wilson said. “Engineering, there huge demand in that… health professions, lots of demand… computer science, mathematics, physics… There’s a lot of opportunity for students to get in a wide range of fields.”

Viterbo has done the Big Bang Friday event for five years, but has held similar STEM events each year for nearly a decade.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Sam Shilts

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