Notre Dame hosts STEM event for local middle school students

Notre Dame's engineering students held a carnival on campus for local middle school students, where the focus was science, engineering and fun.

Sixty students from Navarre Intermediate Center in South Bend were invited to the STEM Carnival at the Stephan Center. They were split up into different stations where they learned how structures are built and how to craft their own.

They made got their hands dirty with silly-putty, learned about polymers, and they even learned how cars are built.

"It's definitely essential to expose them to these ideas and opportunities early in their education and that will give them the ability to purse that and know that's a possibility and access for them," said Andrew Lehmer, president of Hispanic Engineers and Scientists.

The STEM Carnival is an annual event and this year, it's in conjunction with the National Celebration of Engineering Week.