Students from Rider and Hirschi High Schools had the chance to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, at the AT&T building on Kell Blvd. today.

Over 3,000 students in 35 cities across the country who got a chance to take a look at careers in those subject fields.

The event is sponsored by HACEMOS, AT&T's Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group.

It began in 1998 and has grown every year with more than 22,000 students having taken part since then.

The theme this year is "STEM to the Future/STEM para el Futuro."

It encourages students to complete their high school education and aim for careers in the STEM area.

Students got a tour of the facility, participate in hands-on workshops on circuitry and cybersecurity, and got a demonstration of a "connected car," a car equipped with Internet access. 

"I decided on this when I got into high school and started out with biology. We actually started with a pretty short lesson in biochemistry. But i just fell in love with it," says Hirschi High School Freshman Venus Shirazy. 

She says this program helps students like her who may not be able to afford higher education.

According to a 2015 report by Excelencia in Education, the number of Latinos in STEM have gone up.

 

But they still make up a very small percentage in the workforce.