Gear Up gets students excited about math, science & engineering

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Students across the valley came to Yakima today for the Science and Engineering Festival. It's all part of the University of Washington's "Gear Up" program.

Organizers said around 1500 kids will attend the event.

There are more than 40 presentations from scientists and engineers, including a robotics competition.

The goal is to get kids interested in math, science and engineering.

"The first [goal] is just to get the students jazzed about science. And to show them the relevance of science to their lives. But we also want them to think about whether they want to pursue a career in science," said Maureen Munn, Director of the Outreach Program at the Univeristy of Washington's Department of Genome Sciences.

The festival is open to the public tonight until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Yakima Convention Center.