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Kasson-Mantorville students have fun with science


KASSON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Some students will tell you learning is hardly ever fun, but that wasn't the case Tuesday for third graders participating in the 3rd annual engineering day at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School.

"We like to put on this event with this particular age group. It sparks interest in them. This and activities and we're hoping as they get a little older it sparks some avenues that may influence careers later on," said Staff Electrical Engineer Tom Trihey.

Over the past three years, K-M has partnered with Benchmark Engineers to get the wheels turning in young students and help promote careers in the science and technology field. On Tuesday, 14 engineers from Benchmark led the way for some very eager kids.

"We were measuring how far we shot the marshmallow out of the catapult and are farthest would be 150," said K-M 3rd grader Francis Price.

"The more rubber bands you put on probably the further it will go," said K-M 3rd grader Jake Hallstrom.

Along with shooting marshmallows, handmade rockets were flying."

"I like building stuff and it's really cool to see how it goes," said K-M student Charlie Wittenbach.

"We were creating air rockets and learning the structures of making things," said K-M student Will Resch.

"The recipe we use is a lot of hands on high energy activities to keep them engaged," said Trihey.

And those activities could brand the next wave of engineers. The fun wasn't just limited to rockets and catapults. There were also stations with chemistry, sound, and electricity.

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