The engineering school at the University of Nevada pulled out all the stops Thursday to show local teenagers how cool a degree in science can be.
Today was the Annual Engineers Day-- it's a hands-on tour of some of the most interesting labs in the university's engineering school.
Hundreds of students got to look around and even try their hands at working with some of the technology.
From finding out what happens to a balloon when you pour liquid nitrogen on it - to learning how to get precious metals like gold out of a bucket of rocks, Washoe County students got a good look at the life of an engineering major today.
University officials say it's win-win: they might get a few more applicants interested in the program and the world could eventually benefit from the research they do. "I think this is an excellent opportunity to show some of our engineering and science to some of these new people, so they can properly pick a profession that can enhance our modern society," says professor Dr. Tom Seal.
And as an added bonus, jobs in engineering are actually a lot easier to come by these days.
Even though that might not mean freezing bananas all day, the students we spoke to were willing to give it a second look. "It feels pretty cool just learning about all the new stuff that I didn't know before," says Abree Hansen, Swope Middle School 8th Grader
This is the twelfth year the university has put on this event.
Written by Arianna Bennett