CBIC Tech Tour teaches students about the STEM world

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- About 400 students from across Central Virginia explored the tech world Tuesday.

Middle and high school students from 22 schools in the region, as well as home-schooled students, participated in the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council's annual Tech Tour.

The students gathered at Piedmont Virginia Community College on Tuesday morning to compete in an engineering domino challenge and tech trivia.

The students then separated off to 60 different businesses where they got a hands-on tour and met the employees.

Some of the businesses include the app development company WillowTree and Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.

Tech Tour Chair Kim Wilkens said the tech world is bigger than many think and exposing students to the field is important.

"I think with technology especially, there's a lot of stereotypes and misunderstandings about what you can do with it. And really, every company is a tech company now," Wilkens said. "We want these kids to understand that studying science, technology, engineering, math is a great career field for them and it offers a wide variety of opportunities and a wide variety of things they can do."

The junior and senior students who participated are eligible to apply for two $2,500 scholarships given out annually.

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