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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – If you ask Wyatt Lake what he wants to be, it's an aerospace engineer. Today the teenager came to the right place to do such a thing.

'I was talking to some guys who were jet pilots who now do different engineering and aspects and the way think about things is really creative but also to the point like an engineer,' says Wyatt Lake, a sophomore from Wentzville.  'That's how I`m hoping to be.'

Those that think about stem think about the future and the future minds in the St. Louis region.

'We are trying to bring and inspire those kids to do something in math or engineering and want to come to work for Boeing because it's a fun innovative place to work,' says Carol Nelson, the Boeing K-12 STEM Outreach Project Manager.

Today an engineering conference with students from Clyde Miller Academy, Ritenour high school, Wentzville and some Hazelwood third graders currently taking engineering in their curriculum came to the Boeing campus.

The aerospace giant works with public and private schools to show the reality of robots and what it takes to build them.

'Engineers come to our school, we've been able to come here so they can make that real life connection,' says Stephanie Knight, a third grade teacher from Coldwater Elementary.  'So now they're seeing what they're doing in the classroom actually has meaning.'

'Does this stuff interest you?' asks Patrick Clark.

'Yes a whole lot,' says Adreana White, a third grade student interested in chemistry.  'It's a really big opportunity because I want to work with chemicals when I grow up.  Like an engineer with chemicals.  So like, it was really big.'

And it's no small feat to find the next minds using science, technology engineering and to build new horizons and the aircraft to fly over them.