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University of Iowa hoping to get kids interested in science

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

The University of Iowa is hoping to get more kids interested in science-related fields.  Sunday, the college hosted its first ever "STEM" festival, with hands-on activities aimed at showing kids that science, technology, engineering and math can be fun.  Kids could make mock DNA chains, perform small-scale experiments, and even run robots.  The university hopes those activities will be eye-opening for students, so they might one day consider careers in science-related fields.        

"We see progress for the US coming for the advancement of knowledge, the advancement of science.  So the country, the state, this region--we all need scientists.  And this is an opportunity for kids to, of the various opportunities in science, to see what they might be most interested in so they can be part of that great future for our state and nation," said Chris Atchison, director of the State Hygienic Lab at the UI Research Park in Coralville.

It's estimated that there will be a 17 percent growth in science-related job industries within the next decade.  To help meet the need, Governor Terry Branstad has called for more investment in the state's science, engineering, technology and math education programs.

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