Orland, Calif.—On Tuesday evening more than 100 young budding scientists shared their projects at the Glenn County STEM Expo.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math and it's a career path that being instilled in students early because educators say it's the field of the future.
"I want more people to be included in science,” said 11-year-old Claire Boles, a student at Chapay Elementary who has been taking part in science fairs since she was in third grade.
She's also part of the next generation of young girls going into the field of STEM, a group that the National Science Foundation said in a 2016 report is underrepresented.
"Science is an amazing work of art, it's pretty much art, I encourage them to do it. It's really fun if you really get into it," said Boles.
More than 130 students took part in the expo that was organized by the Glenn County Office of Education.
"It's a huge growing field, I think it's engaging and interesting. I think kids are naturally curious and engaged in science. We need to keep that, we need to foster it, we need to grow it," said Darren Massa, science coordinator for the Glenn County Office of Education.
Massa said these science fairs are one of the best ways to grow it and make sure everyone feels included.
"Getting to see their projects and then they see other people get excited about their projects, I think it keeps their interest in science and that's really one of the things we need to do," he said.
Students presented projects on nutrition, computation and robotics, and physical science.
Glenn County Superintendent Tracey Quarne said he's attended these fairs for more than 20 years and said he hopes more young boys, and girls, will get into the field of science.
"One of the joys of education is to see the light go on, that's when a youngster discovers and learns something, it's a wonderful rewarding experience," he said.
Even though Boles is only 11-years-old she said she thinks she wants to go to UC Davis, but one thing she is certain of is that she wants to be a biologist.
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