STEM Festival shows how science and math can be fun

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- To some, science, technology and math may not seem fun. But a local event showed kids just how entertaining those careers can be. Organizers launched the first Charleston STEM Festival Saturday.It featured more than 40 exhibits from companies like Boeing and Google.There were robots, science experiments and even giant cockroaches. There was also a marine life touch tank, the Birds of Prey did a demonstration and kids got to learn about motion mapping technologies. Organizers say they want to show young children that STEM jobs can be much more fun than some childhood dream jobs.

"Being a Googler is better than all of those. Where else can you look at the kids and honestly say, 'Yes I have a slide in my office,'" said Jeff Stevenson with Google. "That's the kind of stuff we can compete with. Show them, hey, be a computer scientist. Play with computers all day long and that's the kind of stuff you can do for a living."

The free event was held downtown in Liberty Square.