Kids in the Arizona cities of Palominas, Bisbee, Naco and Douglas are getting some real close encounters with chemistry, in hopes they will consider careers in math and science.

The efforts, known as STEM, are part of Cochise College's program to help motivate school children in rural areas to study science, technology, engineering and math.

The college's outreach director, Ben Berry said it is "very critical" to "get them young, get them excited about science, so that hopefully they will pursue that as they go through their K-12 education."

Cochise College's ASPIRE program, which stands for Arizona STEM Pathways in a Rural Environment, has brought in Wisconsin-based The Science Alliance to give hand's on demonstrations to elementary school students in rural areas of the state.

The Science Alliance's founder Bill Bosworth, agreed with Berry.

"I learned really quickly as a high school teacher, you can get up and talk to them and put them to sleep. You can get them involved and all of a sudden the energy, on both sides - student and teacher - elevates to a degree that is amazing," he said.