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Governor Scott speaks with young researchers at Lakeland science fair

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Governor Rick Scott spoke with participants at the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida at the Lakeland Center Wednesday.

This year, the 3-day fair featured over 865 scientific projects and inventions submitted by about 925 young finalists in 6th through 12th grade.

The fair is a part of the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists organization.  FFFS is a non-profit with a mission of encouraging Florida youths to develop their technological talents.

Governor Scott visited Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics booths at the fair. Scott's office announced Wednesday that they saw an increase in available online job openings in STEM-related fields this year.

"It's clear that a background in science, technology, engineering and math will provide families in the Sunshine state with greater job opportunities," Scott said.

Scott said he enjoyed being at the fair and emphasized the importance of research in STEM fields.

"This is the future of our state," he said about STEM projects at the fair.

Barbara Feingold with Florida Board of Education said Scott was the first governor to visit the event.  The fair celebrates its 58th birthday this year.

"His support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is tops," she said about Scott. 

 

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