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STEAM Expo has it all

Ben Eckhoff, the naturalist at Lake Carlos State Park, discusses insects with a family attending last year's STEAM Expo. (Beth Leipholtz | Echo Press)

There's a little something for everyone when it comes to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — and it will all be on display next week.

The fourth annual STEAM Expo will take place from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at Alexandria Area High School. The annual event aims to create enthusiasm for learning and is free and open to the community.

Some highlights of the event include:

• The Bell Museum of Natural History ExploraDome Planetarium. This attraction will feature Minnesota's sky and participants will learn about seasonal constellations, the moon and planets.

• Hands-on activities. Attendees will be able to take advantage of the high school's culinary, design, digital and visual art learning labs. Participants can create edible dirt cups, try a pottery wheel and create a screen print.

• Take-home projects. Attendees can create a wood bee house, create with air dry clay and take home a screen print. High school art students will also be drawing caricatures for participants to take home.

• Entertainment in the Performing Arts Center. Here, event participants can play with a variety of musical instruments. Children in pre-K through fifth grade can learn some beginning and basic dance moves. The high school applied theatre arts students will also perform a play.

Healthy food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The STEAM Expo is sponsored by the Alexandria Area High School 'A' Club, Alexandria Education Foundation, ALP Utilities, Alexandria Technical & Community College, Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management, and Runestone Electric Association.

For more information, contact Jill Johnson at 320-762-2141, ext. 4202, or Lynn Jenc at 320-762-2141, ext. 4271.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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