By: Alyssa Marsico

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio102 KDKA) – A new study shows the top-paying degrees; and not surprisingly, degrees in science and technology are up on top.

The trouble that most parents see with those degrees is how in the world do they get their children interested in those topics. Luckily for them, we have a local organization who focuses on just that.

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Linda Ortenzo, the director of Stem Programs as the Carnegie Science Center, says the best way to get kids interested is simple, just make it fun.

“We have a lot of programs and competitions and ways to get kids excited about these topics and these careers and that’s really to get them started early to get them hands-on experiences to make it personal and realistic firsthand and exciting,” Ortenzo said.

For most students, science is presented to them in a boring, old routine taught out of a book. The Carnegie Science Center gives kids a chance to learn a different way. The STEM subject fields, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, are core ideas that the Science Center wants to preserve interest in the younger generation.

“We are very enthused and excited to get kids interested in the topics and experiences of the STEM field in all kinds of ways. One of the things interesting about that is it’s important to have a really great relationships and confidence of those subjects,” Ortenzo said.

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Check out the Science Center’s programs that will take you more in depth with the STEM fields and learn how important it could be to a future career.

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