National STEM education summit held in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – This week, hundreds of leaders and educators are meeting in Indianapolis in hopes of figuring out ways to encourage students to focus on the maths and sciences.

STEM jobs, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, are estimated to grow 18 percent by 2018. That’s nearly double the rate of other professions.

However, not enough students are studying STEM topics to fill those jobs. The Project Lead The Way national summit kicked off Sunday in hopes of finding strategies that will help kids.

“A lot of kids turn away from math and science at a very early age. They just decide its too hard for them. They say ‘I cant do this’ and so we exist to counter that and show children they can learn, they can be good in these subjects and it’s a good way to get an education and to get a job,” Dr. William Bennett former U.S. Secretary of Education said.

The summit runs through Wednesday.

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