Stamford took on an additional name today, becoming STEMFORD, as an event promoting the many wonders of Science Technology Engineering and Math take over the city.
"I don't know who's more excited the kids or the grown up," said Associate Superintendent Susan Austin.
Today marking the first annual stemfest here at mill river park with more than 600 parents and kids getting hands-on in the many activities and games.
"It's always a good opportunity to give your kids an opportunity to check out other ideas. Talk about nature and science a little bit,"said a parent.
"I really, really liked making the goop. They gave me the liquods they put together and they told me to mix it and I had to scoop out the goop and then this,"said student Charly Peter.
It’s the field of the future, says the event’s organizer. Creating the event after her voyage to Ireland, where she saw the success behind events like this one all over the country.
"SO I came back and sent a text to a bunch of math teachers and science teachers and I said I have a really great idea and I think we can do this in Stamford. And they said, let's do it," said Carrie Chiappetta.
"It's play. It's like when you do it this way, kids are engaged they get exicted about it. Kids are coming and going from this table they haven't let go," said Austin.
"It's all about preparing kids for the future and it's a fun way," Joshua Damp, student.
And companies here today, like GE capital, are hoping these fun activites will encourage more kids to pursue these career choices.
"The job is transferrable through a lot of different disciples. So, as an electric engineer, I work for a utility company, I work for an oil company. And, coming out of school the earning potential you have is huge," said Gerald Smith.
"You don't have to be super genius and you don't have to be math genius. But if you have a heart and you love numbers, I think you can do really, really well," said Bosang Kim.
Today’s event is part of a big push across the country. It’s no secret STEM jobs are the leader in the workforce. There are more than 16 million jobs in those fields across the county, growing by more than 30 percent since year 2000. But despite the push to improve education in those areas, there's still not enough STEM talent to meet that demand.