The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the number of jobs requiring training in science, technology, engineering and math will grow by 13 percent through 2020.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for STEM-related jobs is $76,000.
In an effort to make young people more aware of the STEM fields, the Leavenworth Rotary Club is hosting its third annual First City Science Fair.
The event will be all day Wednesday at the University of Saint Mary.
There will be sessions in Miege Hall and McGilley Field House on campus.
Eighth-grade students from three middle schools will participate in the science fair. The schools are Warren Middle School, Patton Junior High School and Lansing Middle School.
Organizers are expecting approximately 675 students to participate.
“We do this to try to interest students in STEM careers at a stage when they can make the right decisions about what classes they should be taking,” said Matt Nojonen, one of the organizers of the event. Nojonen is the director of the Leavenworth Public Library and a member of the Leavenworth Rotary.
Subject matter experts, agency professionals and university instructors will lead more than one dozen sessions.
The sessions cover a wide range of STEM-related activities. Nojonen said each of the sessions are designed so that students can get a hands-on experience.
Students will learn about crime scene forensics, robotics, telemedicine, aquaponics, drones, alternative energy and more.
Nojonen said the science fair would not be possible without the support of sponsors and the cooperation of the University of Saint Mary.
Nojonen said several USM students will volunteer as guides for the science fair, leading the middle school students to the different classrooms.