Montana-Dakota Utilities line techs brought a bucket truck and some of their tools they use on the job (left). Many kids had the opportunity to try on their work gloves. The MDU Resources booth (middle) featured a variety of brain teaser games that demonstrated STEM-related concepts. Knife River (right) featured a ready-mix truck and a STEM-related activity at its booth.
More than 350 kids and their parents attended the fourth annual STEM Expo, sponsored by MDU Resources, the Bismarck Larks and North Dakota’s Gateway to Science.
The free expo featured 18 booths of hands-on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) for kids of all ages. It was held at the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark where the Larks play their baseball games.
The MDU Resources family of companies was represented by:
- Montana-Dakota Utilities line technicians and bucket truck.
- Knife River employees and ready-mix truck.
- MDU Resources employees who helped kids participate in brain teaser activities.
At the Bismarck Larks game that evening, MDU Resources, North Dakota’s Gateway to Science and the Larks honored the 2022 STEM All-Star students. The students were nominated by their teachers for their love of learning and commitment to using STEM to serve their schools and communities.
The 2022 STEM All-Stars are:
- Jordan Dooley, a 11th grader at Jamestown High School.
- Nora Huber, a 6th grader at Center-Stanton Elementary School.
- Kyler Loras, an 8th grader at Wachter Middle School.
- Josh Pfaff, an 11th grader at Career Academy & Technical Center.
- Brayden Sutherland, a 9th grader at Lisbon Public School.
- Davis Vesey, a 5th grader at The Innovation School.
- Tayla Ybarra, a 12th grader at Alexander Public School.
The MDU Resources Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to Lisbon Public School teacher Tina Pierce who plans to use the grant to purchase classroom lab supplies for microbiology lessons and labs.