Middle school girls get hands-on STEM practice

Bismarck middle schools are encouraging girls to look into STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math, and on Tuesday they got their second chance at some hands-on experience.

Last month, they spent time at Bismarck State College conducting science experiments. Tuesday, the 60 students spent the day at the Career Academy on BSC’s campus learning welding, auto tech, concrete design and laser engraving.

“It was kind of scary at first dealing with the fire and stuff, the shock is a little scary, but then after a while you get used to it and it's pretty cool,” eighth-grader Gabi Bird said.

The girls chosen to take part have shown an interest in science.