DULUTH, Minn. -

Local middle and high school students participated in a hands–on event  today.

UMD's Swenson college hosted a science and engineering day.

Students took part in a variety of interactive activities involving engineering and biology to physics and astronomy.

The event was a way to get young students excited about science and learn from experts in the stem fields.

Penny Morton, the Associate Dean, said  "we're trying to bring kids in so that they will not be so turned off, so that they can do hands on events, they can put their hands in mud, make ice cream, glowfish in biology, genetics. they can see what the real neat science and engineering really is."

Students chose six different activities that interested them the most.