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Growing Early Interest in Science

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Joseph Nguyen and Mt. Mercy University's Science Fun Night are making the difference while students are still young.

Monday, all attention was on Taylor Elementary School. Students were able to participate in fun science and math related activities, and enjoy a music-themed science show.

Nguyen says you have to get that spark going now, so the fire keeps burning.

I feel that they lose interest late in Elementary Schooland the science gets lost.

However, if they DO find that science on time, it can stick.

They have those fun engaging experiences as an elementary student, and then that carries on to their high school career, said Vince Roth, a teacher at Jefferson High School.

Roth says proficiency in STEM - or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - is growing in Iowa, but some key areas still need work.

We're really making it a big priority to reach young girls as well as minority students because they are under-represented populations in the stem career field.

Jefferson offers technology clubs geared towards girls to help with that cause. These are the programs potential employers like Rockwell Collins hope will make the difference in the future.

That's the goal, is to get young people interested in science, technology, engineering and math so we can really fuel the growth of our company and our state, said Jenny Becker with Rockwell Collins.

The team from Mt. Mercy will hit the road again next week. There will be another science fun night next Monday at wright elementary. Activities there start at 5:30.
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