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Camp Lejeune job fair teaches students about careers in STEM

(Merrilee Moore photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - The Naval Medical Center of Camp Lejeune hosted a STEM fair for close to 200 middle and high school students, giving kids a sneak peek at the career options available to them after graduation.

The STEM Fair, which featured seven hands-on stations including biomedical engineering, decontamination and pharmacy, happened on October 20. Students were able to perform controlled tests and learned how to operate medical equipment from experts in the field.

James Hancock, Commanding Officer at Camp Lejeune Medical Center, said that the far is with the aim of sparking students' interest in STEM careers early so that they can start pursuing their career goals.

"We're trying to get to them early so that they can plan their high school years and their life in science and technology and engineer and medicine," Hancock said. "Our STEM fair today is really to spark that interest whether they serve in medicine in uniform or as a civilian."

Organizers tell NewsChannel 12 that they believe STEM careers are the future -- making it all the more important to introduce students to these career options.

"We're very proud of what we're doing," Hancock said. "We're excited about our job and we're trying to give that to the kids."

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