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C Spire conference teaches about STEM and the future of technology

The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT
The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT
The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT
The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT
The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If you noticed a good bit of traffic downtown on your way home Tuesday, you might have run into the 1,000 people who gathered at C Spire's 2018 Movement Technology Conference at the Convention Complex.    

"My thoughts when I'm going into it: This is way too cool," said Vivian Collins, a 13-year-old interested in STEM programs.

The conference included dancing robots, virtual reality sets, green screen mementos and tricked-out, "Tech"ed out cars.

There was something for everyone at the convention.

"We looked at a lot of the coding academy. I did VR, because VR is awesome. Innovate! Innovate Mississippi helps companies launch their ideas," said Collins.

Jim Augustine is the co-founder of Sue's Tech Kitchen, one of the companies putting on demonstrations for kids to learn about STEM topics, with food.

"We have six different experiences here, from engineering to chemistry to physics. We're doing some robots that you can code with candy, we're doing drone deliveries of candy, we're doing some liquid nitrogen treats," said Augustine.

The other co-founder of Sue's Tech Kitchen is Randi Zuckerberg - Mark Zuckerberg's older sister.

She and tons of other tech moguls had presentations on how technology is advancing, and how it'll affect each and every one of us in the future - both with new gadgets, and in protecting user information.

"They really want to take advantage of opportunities like we're offering today with the IT Security Summit to learn more about protection for their particular business," said Jim Richmond, C Spire's Vice President of Marketing. 

C Spire also offers coding programs for teenagers like Jack Ditto, whose school only started offering a coding class in his senior year of high school - a class of two students.

"I personally, I've been really interested in coding, so I think that's really interesting to see here. I don't know much about virtual reality, but I've seen so much virtual reality here, I would love to get more interested in that," said Ditto, who's participated in C Spire's Coding Program twice before, placing in the Top 3 both times.

That program, and the conference, C Spire says, is meant to drive innovation and development in the 21st century.

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