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Albemarle Co. Students Get Hands-On Tech Experience

July 25, 2013

A few elementary school students are participating in the "Maker Movement" program, which is a national program geared to teaching kids skills in math and science fields.

Imagination, inspiration and innovation were the words used to describe the three week camp.

About 50 kids from three elementary schools in Albemarle County came out to the University of Virginia School of Engineering to wrap up the program.

They created things with cardboard, built electric circuits out of Playdoh and even built towers with spaghetti.

Teachers helping with the program hope that the skills these kids learn today will transition into the classroom in the fall.

"We've been able to incorporate math, science, literature, throughout the whole process and so it's been a great experience so far," says Red Hill Elementary teacher Beth Kavounas.

"I'm making a tower so you can put stuff on it," explained Red Hill Elementary student Makenzie Powell.

"When you put these together with the Playdoh and the battery it lights this up," says Allie Shiflett, rising 5th grader.

Albemarle County is one of 20 school systems in the country currently participating in the program.

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