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Mar 14, 2010 12:42 AM by Danielle Lerner

STEM Showcase highlights fields of science, technology, engineering and math

States across the country are bracing for more cuts to education and here in California, there is also concern about a shortage of workers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM.

A 2009 report from Cal State Sacramento shows that over the last ten years, non-STEM field degrees increased twice as fast as degrees in the STEM field.

To try and turn that around, Cal Poly hosted the third annual STEM showcase Saturday.

It featured hands-on exhibits for the kids, a robotics competition, and even courses for teachers.

Organizers hope to attract future teachers and younger STEM students.

"I would really love for them to see what is going on in our public schools, some of the positive things particularly in these areas of science and math," said Patricia Garrett, a program director.

"We're home schoolers," said Zeke Turley, who lives in San Luis Obispo. "We always need something for them to do, anytime they can get out, interact with other people and learn stuff and enjoy things."

Another benefit of Saturday's event, admission and parking were free.

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