ST. CLOUD - Over 700 5th and 6th graders from Central Minnesota gathered at St. Cloud State University for the 8th annual Science Rocks!-Science and Nature Conference on Wednesday.

There were over 30 sessions available at the conference, kids learned about topics ranging from biology to photography. Students were broken into smaller groups for hands on experiments and sessions. One session even let kids see and touch pig hearts.

Sandra Cordie, the director of educational programs with Resource Training & Solutions was at the conference. She says the event has grown steadily over the years.

"We started with about 200 the first year, every year it's grown about 100 kids," Cordie says.

The conference hopes to give kids a hands-on learning experience, and to show off the fun that can be found in science.

Cordie adds that the conference can also inspire kids to become more interested in science.

"I think anytime you expose kids to something new it's always a good opportunity," Cordie says, "you just never know what that one exposure will do for children."


(Dan DeBaun, WJON News)