Thermo Fisher Scientific and Illinois Science Olympiad host third annual STEM workshop

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — About 500 middle and high school students and coaches spent their Saturday learning from the pros ahead of their competitors.

Thermo Fisher Scientific hosted the third annual workshop along with the Illinois Science Olympiad.

60 volunteers educated and trained teams of Olympiad students and their coaches to lend their knowledge and expertise in fields from protein modeling, cell biology, physical science and engineering.

The students will be judged for projects in the science, technology, engineering and math fields in both local and regional competitions.

“We have a lot of problems that we want to solve, whether it be medical, climate or other and we want to inspire and foster a passion in these students to go out and solve these issues to make this world healthier, cleaner and safer,” said Thermo Fischer Scientific, Caleb Shearrow. “So we’re hoping these critical thinking exercises carry over into their everyday life and allow them to go on to do great things.”

Science Olympiad is one of the largest K-12 Stem organizations in the U.S. challenging nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states to engage with a variety of life and Earth science, engineering and technology fields.

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