Over 500 area 8th graders learned more about a STEM-related career from the professionals.

Lockheed Martin hosted its annual Engineering Day where students from area schools took part in STEM-related stations.

One involved programming Lego robots while another centered around circuits.

A favorite event each year is the egg drop, where students design a device that can catch an egg without it breaking.

Newark Valley 8th grader Logan Mann says the hands-on experience gets students excited about STEM.

“This is definitely fun and hands-on.  Getting a packet of material to read is kind of boring, so this kind of stuff gets kids involved in this kind of stuff and makes them want to do this when they’re older,” said Mann.

Lockheed usually holds the event around National Engineering Week, celebrated in February, but the weather was not cooperative at that time.