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Murphysboro Middle School holds first "Science Night"

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro Middle School held its first "Science Night" Thursday evening. 

Dozens of STEAM leaders showed off their best examples to encourage students to pursue subjects like science and technology. The event also helped raise money for a 3D printer for the science department.  

"You get to see a lot of things that you could experience for the first time," said 8th grader Morgan Boucher.

Students called "Science Night" a hit.

"Usually science is boring but the teacher made it sound really interesting," said 8th grader Morchelle Brown. "This is the bomb. I really like it, it's awesome."

Organizers told News 3 this is the first time they've held an event like this.

"Science is really the future for our kids and so I wanted to show them how fun and exciting science could be," said Jamie Conley-Holt, a member of PTSA.

Students and community members got hands-on with everything from virtual reality glasses to hover boards, a 3-D printer and drones. Students also interacted with reptiles, including a Bearded Dragon and a Florida King Snake.

Mayor Will Stephens called the event inspiring.

"When you're young, it could take just one interaction with one of these booths or one interaction with a teacher or individual outside the classroom setting," Stephens said. 

With various SIUC departments joining in on the fun learning, other STEAM leaders hope that inspiration leads students to study more about science and technology.

"Students don't realize how much creativity can be involved in a stem area," said Julie Dunston, Chair of the Technology Department at SIUC. "It shows a level of  support and commitment to young people and to getting them excited about stem areas."

Organizers of the event said it won't be the last.

"We have to expose them to that now so that they can be the creators and inventors of the future," Conley-Holt said. 

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