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STEM Career Fair gives students a hands-on look at potential careers

Students at the 8th Annual STEM Career Fair and Exhibition at Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Students at the 8th Annual STEM Career Fair and Exhibition at Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 18, 2015

More than 250 attendees turned out for the STEM Career Fair and Exhibition in Atlanta last weekend.

Now in its eighth year, the annual event provides students a hands-on look at careers in science, technology, engineering and math, along with a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in these fields.

Students at the 8th Annual STEM Career Fair and Exhibition at Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Students at the 8th Annual STEM Career Fair and Exhibition at Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 18, 2015

In a setting similar to a job fair, K-12 students visit tables of STEM experts and learn about the broad range of potential careers through hands-on activities.

Organized by Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link, Inc. (SEM Link), the interactive, hands-on event took place on April 18th at Georgia Tech, one of the country’s leading research universities.

Founded in 2005 by Tokiwa Smith, SEM Link was launched on the premise that exposure to STEM communities is critical to student achievement and career exploration in math and science.

“If we are going to fill the pipeline for the future STEM workforce, it is important that we provide opportunities for students to learn about STEM careers by meeting and interacting with individuals that are studying or working in these fields to give them a role model for pursuing these fields and an understanding of what STEM careers are” says Smith.

Since its inception, the non-profit has served thousands of youth in Atlanta, San Francisco and the Washington DC Metro Area.

Sponsors of the eighth careers fair include the American Chemical Society, Georgia Tech Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Tech Chemistry & Biochemistry, Coca-Cola African American Technical Network, and Georgia Power, among others.

Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Home STEAM Preparatory Academy,  Coca-Cola African American Technical Network, and The Clorox were just some of the exhibitors.

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Kunbi Tinuoye
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Kunbi Tinuoye is the founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz. Previously, she worked as a News Correspondent for NBC’s theGrio.
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