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STEM summit gives young students career ideas


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Thousands of students were introduced to the fields of science and technology Wednesday afternoon.  

Some students started the day already knowing what they wanted to do, but others were open to new opportunities.

Some students knew what they want to do early on.

"I want to go on to chemistry lab and work with medicine and things," said Byron Middle School student Alex Prigge.

Others not so much.

"I'm not quite sure," said Byron Middle School Student Josie Bisgard.

But no matter what category you were in, the more than 60 exhibits at RCTC Wednesday opened up the students' minds.

"There was a bubble thing that exploded, that was really cool and I would want to work with things like that, like gas and chemicals," said Prigge.

And then we ran into a student that knew exactly what he wanted to be.

"I want to be a weatherman, I think that would be really cool," said St. Francis student Theo Thayib.

You heard him right, a weatherman.

"The weather's kind of crazy these past years and it's kind of useful to know what's coming up, and so I can prepare for tornadoes and such and get to know how it works," said Thayib.

But with so many choices on tap at the summit.

"We get to learn about ice cream over there," said Thayib.

We had to try them all out.

From the medical field to physics, it was all there.

So do you still want to be a weatherman or do you want to be a doctor?

"Still a weather man," said Thayib.

For much of Theo's life he wanted to be a meteorologist, so we put him to the test.

"Sometimes you just kind of want to forget what you are going to say, but you just have to keep going because it's going to be live," I said.

But no matter what you wanted to be, if it was science or math related, the STEM summit was the place to be.

"So what's the forecast?" asked Thayib

Looks like rain today.

"Are you kidding me?" said Thayib

Schools from all over southeastern Minnesota made up the thousands of kids in attendance.

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