By Kristen Copeland Mar. 26, 2015

UTICA, NY –

Students from many different school districts left the comfort of their classrooms today to get into the workplace for a Science and Technology Shadow Day.

Today’s focus was STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.

We caught up with a group at the masonic medical research lab. They learned about experimental cardiology, molecular genetics and stem cell research.

The Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council first welcomed the students to Hart’s Hill and then it was off to various sites.

Brian Panama, a research scientist, “For professional purposes, it’s good to promote the lab and show people in the community what we do here. For personal reasons, it’s good to give back and have a human side to what we do and explain to people what we do.”

Other companies that welcomed students into their workplace include Indium Corporation, the State Department of Transportation and Special Metals.