No sunshine, no problem: Charleston first STEM festival draws crowd, despite rain

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Organizers of the 2014 Charleston STEM Festival weren't sure what to expect.

The first-year event could have been a wash after rain clouds hovered over Charleston's Liberty Park early Saturday morning.

Members of the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative, a collection of business and school leaders, worked for months to turn concepts like science, engineering, technology and math (STEM), into a hands-on experience area students could enjoy.

They were not disappointed.

A steady flow of parents and children alike made their way to the fun-filled festival, with activities ranging from robotics to an up-close and personal look at some of nature's oldest creatures.

"We're trying to actually show them through hands on activities what it means to be a scientist, to be an engineer, and to keep on with that math in ways that will help people," said festival co-chair Glenda LaRue.

The Lowcountry STEM Collaborative says they are ultimately working to build skills that will create a stronger work force as well.

LaRue mentioned companies like Boeing and Google, both of which have Lowcountry headquarters.

"They need to fill that pipeline with qualified STEM workers and it starts early."

Festival activities were free to the public.  Organizer are hoping to make it an annual event.

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