ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A local college is reaching out to students to introduce them to an industry that’s expected to create jobs in high demand.

About 150 District 205 high schoolers attended the second annual Emerging Youth Leaders STEM Summit at Rock Valley College.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Freshmen and sophomores took part in a day of interactive workshops with faculty.

“They have been involved in some chemistry workshops where they have made ice cream scratched from vanilla beans. They’ve also been involved in watching what happens to a rubber ball when it’s been sat in nitrogen,” said Dr. Lamata Mitchell, Dean of Communications for RVC.

There were also some workshops and other educational activities for middle schoolers.

Support for local students interested in STEM are getting a boost. U.S. Cellular just donated $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Rockford, specially focused on science and technology fields. About 6,000 kids go to the local after school and outreach programming.

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