It doesn't always have to be a major event. Sure, a major rocket launch or a space station live shot would probably grab a lot of attention, but sometimes it's small events that plant the seed.

The Kalamazoo Air Zoo in Portage has the first of three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events on Saturday with the goal of exposing young people, and especially women and girls, to the world of the science and technology, along with engineering and math. In addition to June 19th, two more are planned for the summer on July 24th and August 21st.

While it may sound a bit dry, these events are designed to be fun. This first event of STEAM programming was put together by the the Society of Women Engineering.It's a "Corporate Engineering Challenge" that will happen on the front lawn of the Air Zoo, beginning at 11 am. Activity tables and activities, plus toys for children and sponsor giveaways are what's planned. For older youth, at noon, they'll be able to talk to women engineers who'll be sharing their stories and inspirations. There will be catapult testing with an engineer, and on the less serious side, one of the activities planned is a tie-dye station, and you can bring your own white shirt. That's just some of the activities planned.

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