On May 10, 2017, the SWWC Service Cooperative held their 23rd Annual Science & Nature Conference at Southwest MN State University. Steve Belliveau from Barlett, IL started the day out with Science experiments that got the crowd roaring and laughing. After the keynote presentation, student attended three small group sessions. Some of the new topics kids enjoy this year were Skin Stapling and Angioplasty; I want a Robot, Take Charge, Rain Where Do You Go, Ready Set Grow, and Charge up your career with energy, Corn an Amazing Plant, Food Science and many returning topics. The conference attracted almost 1500 participants in grades kindergarten through eighth grade along with their chaperones. The participants came from public and private school districts and parents who registered on their own from all over southwest Minnesota. The SWWC Service Cooperative expressed their appreciation to the following Student Enrichment Sponsors for their support. Title Sponsors include Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, the Schwan Food Company, and the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council. Program Sponsors include ADM, Great River Energy, Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc., Marshall Radio, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Southwest Minnesota State University and SWWC Service Cooperative. Supporters are Hadley Lions Club and Nobles-Murray Rural Electric Trust. Advocates are, Bedford Industries, Christensen Farms, Hefty Seed Company and North Star Mutual Insurance Company.