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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It was a unique lesson in science and tech at Springfield’s Central High School Wednesday.

College students and educators met face-to-face with high school students about the importance of a well-balanced education.

It was students learning from students Central as they got a valuable lesson on the importance of STEM.

“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics…that acronym STEM. It’s really important for our students to look at the careers that are being built for the future. Most of the jobs are going to require high levels of mathematics,” says Robert Dais with Gear Up.

And who better to instill that importance to high schoolers than college students already getting a leg up on fields that are in demand.

Ariana Barrenechea, a student at UMass Amherst, adds, “We need more engineers. We need more scientists and instead of bringing people from overseas to the job we could easily be doing. If we just encourage kids to be in STEM, they will be great.”

The event featured hands-on demonstrations on various science and technology fields.

Bridging the generational gap is a lesson not lost on those with a keen interest in all things tech.

“Adults…they don’t know anything about computers, so I have to help them with their computer issues. If they could learn it in school, they don’t need little kids helping them,” says

The approach was practical, presented by an organization called Gear Up. The programs director says many of those fired up about STEM weren’t always so eager to dive in/

“Some of them stopped school, went out into the workforce, and discovered their opportunities were limited. They are only going to make $8 or $9 an hour and decided to re-enroll.”

Chancellor Devin Green says, “I want to be an anesthesiologist, so hopefully they can talk about the medical field and things like that.”

And it was exactly what students like Chancellor were there to hear: get started now in science, technology, engineering and math, and reap the rewards down the line.

Students from Central, Putnam Vocational Tech and the Springfield High School of Science and Technology all took part in Wednesday’s event