ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Around 200 middle and high school students are getting a chance to learn scientific skills in a hands-on way.
Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Illinois Science Olympiad are helping students train for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competitions.
Kids have a chance to try their hand at testing chemical reactions, building cars and even hovercrafts at these workshops.
Thermo Fisher Scientific is also donating supplies for each of the schools to make sure they all have what they need to be able to compete in the future
"This is our opportunity to see kids excited about science. Usually they don't necessarily get as much hands-on experience, and this is just that chance, and what that will do is hopefully they will go into a science occupation," says Thermo Fisher Scientific Senior Test Method Development Specialist, Brian Wolf.
Wolf says there is a growing need for technically skilled workers and he encouraging all students to consider it as a career choice.