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Students at a Savannah high school are getting a leg up on the competition when it comes to careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, otherwise known as STEM.

Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School is being recognized statewide for its classroom technology

On Wednesday, students were building a robot from scratch. 9th grader, Maurice Miller, said he enjoys the hands-on work. 

"We control all of the parts and make it go forward," said Miller. 

Manufacturing, Engineering, and Robotics teacher, Timothy Cone, said the students are getting a head start in their careers.  The high school offers the only advanced industrial robotics certification in the state. 

"Through this certification we teach them everything from moving the robot, manipulating the robot, writing programs, writing codes, so once they get into the job they can perform every task they need to do," said Cone.

The students are getting hands-on training on machines they'll see in the workplace.

"It's like endless opportunity, like you can make it do anything with the tools we have around," said Kayla Bennett.

Cone said the robotics course is picking up popularity with girls, and there are plenty of opportunities to go around. 

"There are about 4,000 STEM-related jobs just in the state of Georgia right now that cannot be filled. There aren't people qualified. They are having trouble filling these positions," said Cone.

Student Kayla Bennett said she's ready to make a name for herself in the STEM field. 

"Off the top of my head if can't name one woman engineer at all, and I would like to be the one that goes down, everyone's like oh, that's Kayla. Yeah, she built my house," said Bennett.

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