Louisiana students showcase experiments in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - Kids from all over the state showed off their scientific experiments that they've been working on for part of the school year.
It was the Louisiana STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Exposition at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter school.
The school has hosted the expo for the past five years but this is the second year its opened its doors to other schools for participation.
Brookings Institution released a 2013 report that showed Baton Rouge was one of the top cities that had the most STEM jobs available for people who have not obtained bachelor's degrees.
Leaders at Kenilworth said they want to encourage a desire in kids to pursue careers in the sciences so they can fill those positions in the future.
"Our economy and our state and our nation's future depends on students being more prepared than they are right now. So, we're trying to encourage students to go into these technological fields. And what we're seeing here today is a celebration of students who are embracing that STEM message," said Mark Lambert, spokesman for Kenilworth.
Twelve year old Angelina Patton, a demonstrator at the expo, said she wants to make a career out of science and is already getting a head start.
"I think science is really important because I don't think we would grow without science and growth is really important to the world."