The Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day 3.0 was a SUCCESS

"STEM isn't just about those single disciplines but how these are all connected," said Chris Dell, director of STEM education for the Shasta County Office of Education. "It's more about the application of those subjects, the integration of those subjects."

During the third annual STEM Opportunity Day, students roamed from booth to booth staffed by representatives of local businesses, including health care providers, engineering firms and technology companies. They did hands-on activities that included creating prosthetic hands to be given to people in need.

Dell said after seeing what careers are available, students can then "backward map" to determine whether they should go to college or a tech school, and then decide which classes they should take in high school to meet those goals.

The event in part shows local students that STEM jobs are available locally.

"There are lots of opportunities in the North State students may not know about," said Ashley Kellogg with the Society of Women Engineers. "This event is to meet role models, make contacts and get phone numbers."