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Area students attend STEM Summit in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Thousands of local students from all over southeastern Minnesota got the opportunity Wednesday to get hands-on with some career opportunities in the science and engineering fields.

Around 2,300 middle school and high school students filled the U-C-R Fieldhouse Wednesday to get up close and personal with over 80 different businesses and organizations at the STEM Summit.

Organizers said the goal of the summit, which was put on by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, was to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Although the prospect of full-time jobs seems far in the future for these students, they recognize how important it is to learn for the future.

"They love it, you know it's very hands on and they get to experience that why STEM matters, you know what they learn in the classroom why that matters in real life," Jesse Strinmoen, with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

This is the fifth year of the STEM Summit, and organizers say it has grown significantly since beginning with only 200 student attendees.

This year, the event focused on agricultural careers-- an area they say has become increasingly technological in recent years.

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