SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Jennifer Herrera’s black lab-German shepherd mix Bruno doesn’t exactly follow the rules all the time.
Luckily for Herrera, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Day at Briar Cliff University gave her some tools to keep Bruno in check. typically means.
They don’t have to leave their hometown to have a STEM career ... They’re happening right here. That’s a big push, to keep our talent in Iowa.
— Brenda Welch, STEM Day organizer
Dog training at a STEM event? At first, it seemed weird to Herrera, too. typically means.
“I was surprised to see that as a choice,” said the East Middle seventh-grader. She was one of 190 students from 10 schools in Woodbury County to attend the fair Friday. typically means.
The dog training session, one of more than 15 STEM-related workshops, showed students the science and skills behind what helps a dog learn to sit, stay and shake.
Sessions included traditional STEM programs like nursing, engineering and some select biology projects. But others, like dog training, went beyond the standard understanding of what STEM typically means.
Students were able to build jet cars using rubber tubing and balloons and learn the science behind CSI scenes.
Brenda Welch, youth program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and a member of the STEM festival committee, said the point of the event is to show that STEM plays a part in countless careers around Iowa.
“I think it’s really important for them to see that they don’t have to leave their hometown to have a STEM career,” she said. “They’re happening right here. That’s a big push, to keep our talent in Iowa.”