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A little rain could not dampen the excitement of the 725 students and 200 chaperones that attended the SCSC Science & Nature Conference on October 25. While college students at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter had time off to prepare for midterm exams, students in grades 3-6 from 38 area schools used their classrooms to explore science and nature topics ranging from All About Bees to Super Circuits.
 
The Mad Science of Minnesota presented to the large group on the mysteries of chemistry. Students also selected three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day. These hour-long sessions are designed to provide small group interactions on a specific topic in science. This year’s diverse topics allowed students a wide selection of choices.  

When asked what they learned student responses included armadillos have fur, owls can turn their heads 270 degrees, about different types of lizards, a banana slug can grow up to nine inches long, how to make a robot, about Pluto’s moons, how to tie better knots, a lot about bees, and “all kinds of science stuff!”

“I just wanted to tell you how much my son enjoyed the conference. He hasn’t talked that much about a school event in a while so thank you for the great experience!" shared a parent.

Many thanks go to the presenters that gave of their time and talents to make this day a success!

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A wonderful fall day welcomed nearly 650 students that attended the SCSC Science & Nature Conference on Oct. 27. While college students at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter had time off to prepare for midterm exams, their classrooms were used by students in grades 3-6 from 38 area schools to explore science and nature topics ranging from bunnies to water.
 
Mad Science of Minnesota presented to the large group on the power of air. Students also selected three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day. These hour-long sessions are designed to be small group interactions on a specific topic in science. This year’s diverse selection of topics allowed students a wide variety from which to choose.  

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The Prairie Ecology Bus Center addressed the group with a presentation on the wonders of wolves. Executive director Chrystal Dunker explained how wolves have awed and inspired some and can instill fear and even hatred from others. Through slides and wolf artifacts she provided a howlin’ good time!
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