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Georgia Southern to showcase science, math

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Fewer students seem to be interested in science or math-related courses. Some instructors at Georgia Southern University want them to know what they're missing.

"If you look at ACT scores, about 30 to 40 percent of our students are ready..college ready, in science and only 43 percent are ready in math," explained Dr. Karin Scarpinato, Georgia Southern's Associate Dean for Faculty and Research.

The university will host STEM (Science, technology, engineering, math) Fest Thursday through Saturday. Scarpinato said students who don't pursue those fields could be missing some of the newest career opportunities.

"We anticipate about eight million new jobs coming from STEM fields and we anticipate about three million of them, roughly a third, will stay unfilled by the current graduates in those fields," she added. 

STEM Fest will include a career fair for university students and local companies who hire workers in those fields. On Friday, the university will host a research conference with faculty and area industries. On Saturday, they wrap up with a chidlren's festival that shows youngsters the fun side of all four areas of study.

For event locations and times, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/research/stemfest.

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