CROSBY – Thanks to a grant provided by the Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation, 39 seventh-grade students participated in the Share the Future in Science and Technology Day Dec. 7 at Bemidji State University.
Students were chosen to participate based on a Science grade of a “C” or higher, and an expressed interest in science, technology and math, according to Crosby-Ironton High School teacher Kristine Andersen. Interested students were each required to develop a project or experiment centering on slime mold.
“The kids had experiences that are not possible to reproduce in the classroom,” Andersen noted of the event. “These experiences get students excited about science and motivated to learn more.”
During the event at BSU, students heard from a keynote speaker who addressed how NASA is exploring other solar systems, as well as our own. Students also had an opportunity to complete hands-on science experiments in BSU’s brand new science labs, as well as listen to two guest speakers of their choice regarding specific careers in science. Topics included: wildlife biologists, engineers, chemists, veterinarians, medical field jobs, fishery biologists, and earth and space science jobs.
“The students had an awesome time on the trip to Bemidji State for the Share the Future in Science and Technology Day,” Andersen added. “Without the funding from the Education Foundation, the day would not have been possible.”
Crosby-Ironton students were among 350 students from area schools to participate in this event.
The Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation, formerly the Crosby-Ironton Schools Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to enriching the quality of educational offerings at the C-I Public Schools. By providing grants annually for the benefit of students within the school district’s geographic area, the Foundation’s goal is to enhance the student experience by supporting innovative learning programs, which would otherwise not be possible.