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University Of Iowa Helps Students Learn STEM

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The University of Iowa is helping the state's high school students learn skills to succeed in business.

Today more than 150 students participated in research presentations.

The 2014 Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium allows students to present their research to their peers and judges.

It also gives them the opportunity to explore the world of science at the university.

"It's just a really interesting thing to get involved in because not a lot of kids are nowadays.

Karleigh Schilling says she likes science, technology, engineering, and math or stem subjects because there are plenty of careers in these fields.

Thats why she's here, to present her research on the effects of urbanization on streams of Linn County.

"What she was hypothesizing was that the closer stream was of the test site was to an urban area like Cedar Rapids the higher the pollutants and indeed that's what her findings did show, said her mentor, Lori Danker.

Detailed research like Karleigh's is what makes the program unique.

It introduces students to the stem field early on.

"Doing research as a high school student, basic research really supports that will continue to look for opportunities, professional opportunities, academic opportunities in the area of STEM, said Susan Assouline, director of the Belin-Blank Center.

According to the us department of education only 16 percent of high schoolers are interested in a stem career, but in a world full of never ending technological innovations that's where the jobs are.

"And a lot of the stuff you do can like relate to your everyday life, said Karleigh.

Projects like this help these students broaden their educational experience.

"Absolutely the future is STEM and STEM is the future, said Assouline.

The event is hosted by the UI College of Education's Belin -Blank Center.

Students with the top presentations will be invited to the national competition in Washington D.C this April.
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