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The annual Iowa Industrial Technology Exposition got underway at. Southeast Polk High School Friday.

It showcases the work of Iowa’s future carpenters, plumbers and electricians from 70 school districts from across the state.

The projects include work in graphic communications, energy and power, transportation, material processing and production, and robotics.

Organizers say there are high tech projects using things like 3-D models as well as basic woodworking.

In all, there are more than a thousand items on display.

They also get an opportunity to visit with some of our exhibitors here promoting career opportunities especially in advanced manufacturing. This year we focused on the advanced manufacturing aspect and we’ve got some exhibitors offering scholarships and career opportunities for the students,” organizer Phil Cronin explained.

The competition has a long history dating back to 1962.