ST. LOUIS — Nearly 3,000 students from 80 high schools in Missouri and Illinois are in St. Louis today to explore careers in construction.

The third annual Build My Future STL event is happening today and tomorrow at the St. Charles Family Arena. The showcase features hands-on exhibits and virtual reality simulations focused on building trades.

The event is open to the public today from 2 to 4 p.m., and admission is free.