WSN’s Hermes and Carlson spend day with students at 2016 Rochester STEAM event

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WSN’s Ryan Hermes talks with students at the 2016 Rochester STEAM event.

Widseth Smith Nolting plays an active role in supporting the growth of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum in K–12 schools across Minnesota and North Dakota. On Tuesday, November 15Ryan Hermes and Brian Carlson engaged with more than 2,400 6th-8th graders who attended the event held at the RCTC Campus Fieldhouse. 

Our focus this year was on Landscape Architecture in the built environment. The engagement project involved students creating and drawing a mini-park plan showing recreational amenities they felt were important to include in a newly designed park. The students determined the location of the amenities and explained why they would be great additions to the park plan.

“It’s fun to get out of the office for a day and feed off the energy of the kids. We really look forward to these events,” said Hermes. Over the years many WSN staff have shared their expertise with middle-schoolers in multiple school districts across Minnesota and North Dakota.