JACKSON TWP.  It was a superhero kind of night at Stark State College on Oct. 25 when local middle and high school students attended the second annual STEMfinity War, otherwise known as a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career exploration event.

STEM workshops were taught by Stark State instructors. The workshops were held throughout the campus and included hands-on activities and demonstrations geared towards middle and high school aged students. Their families were also invited to attend.

Gregory Freeman, the director Upward Bound Math-Science and Focus on African American Males in Education (F.A.M.E.) at Stark State, said that the event was a way to get teens on campus to learn about the various STEM careers.

"In addition to the activities and demonstrations, we are also providing information on the high-paying and in-demand STEM occupations," Freeman said. "We have around 400 students here this evening taking part in science, technology, engineering and math related workshops. And, just to add a bit more fun, the guides are dressed in Affinity Avengers costumes."

Students were broken up into groups and each group had a group leader assigned. The group leaders carried signs with an Avenger superhero on it and the groups followed the leaders to the different workshops.

Some of the workshops held during the evening included computer coding, video production, effect of gas expansion, be a money superhero, magnetism, snap reaction and much more. Admission was free, and participants received a free T-shirt, dinner and door prizes.

Students from Canton City Schools, Plain Local, Minerva, Tuslaw and others from around the county attended the event.