Hundreds of students gather for sixth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Over 750 middle and high schoolers from 17 different school districts across Kentucky and Tennessee, congregated at Western Kentucky University Wednesday.

The sixth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green was hosted by the Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.

With morning speakers, afternoon minds-on and hands-on activities, this year's theme focused on "The Future Is Now."

"The young people are our future, so it is incredibly important for them to be following a creative path," said Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director for the Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.

The hands and minds-on activities consisted of activities that stimulated creativity and curiosity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Activities in the arts and creative thinking were also a part of the day.

"The takeaway is nudging them to think in new ways, to plan, to dream, and to move forward," said Dr. Roberts.

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