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Students take part in National Engineers Week

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It’s National Engineers Week - and educators across the country are enlightening students about the difference engineers can make and the benefits of a career in the field. YNN’s Crystal Cranmore shows us how one Chemung County school is opening the doors to science and technology for young students.

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -- "What’s the easiest kind of car to fix?"

In just the 7th grade, Emily Root knows exactly what she wants to do.

She said, "I want to work on cars and their engines."

Root was one of dozens of students at Horseheads Middle School who stayed after school to learn more about the world of engineering. The school is participating in National Engineers Week, which aims to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.

While she may not be old enough to drive, Root says she has an old Volkswagon at home that she plans to fix by the time she’s 17.

Root said, "I grew up around cars. My dad and my cousin and uncle all work on them, and so I’ve been working on them with my dad since I was little."

Educators say in a competitive global economy, it’s important to spark interest in the sciences at a young age.

Technology teacher Rick Watson said, “Colleges are looking for new students, and we need new people, this age, to get into the STEM field."

This week, the school is calling on area engineers to talk to students about the need for new and creative minds. Tuesday, the president of DeTechSol, a manufacturing solutions provider in Horseheads, took questions from the 7th and 8th graders.

Design and Technology Solutions President Clive Danby said, "It's engineering week so it’s a good platform to talk to them about different areas, and it exposes them to an area that they typically don’t hear about from their parents or teachers."

During Tuesday's session, the children had plenty of questions and concerns, among them environmental issues.

Danby said, "We look at the environment and it's not the healthiest of environments and we've created a great deal of pollution. So there seems to be an appreciation and awareness by the students of needs to do things, to help that in the future."

Root hopes to be apart of the new wave of engineers who advance technology and have an impact on the community.

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