murder. The flood of 1985 was a nightmare for many. Today, it became a history and science lesson for a group of middle schoolers. wdbj7 Education Reporter David Kaplan joins us live from Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke tonight. David, how did teachers turn the flood into an educational experience? The point here was to really get kids to think about all the emergency and utility services that come together after a disaster like the flood of 1985. Police, fire and rescue, utility companies all use science, technology, engineering and math when they do their job. That's what this group of rising 7th graders learned about today. The meteorologist explains the weather patterns that led to the flood. The swiftwater rescue team shows how they have to take water speed into account when they throw a rope to rescue someone and how to give emergency medical services. The fire department has to understand the flow of oxygen in order to put out a fire. The underground utility company has to figure out where pipes are underground before they dig. Edgar Jimenez, Rising 7th grader Did you even think about that stuff before? No. And that was the point of today's field trip. Students in Roanoke's summer enrichment program, rcps+, did this in conjunction with Junior Achievement and Virginia Western Community College. It will resonate with the kids. We wanted them to understand about disasters and all the organizations that work together. Students went around the Virginia Western parking lot seeing the real world applications of the people who make Roanoke run. Educators say in the process, they learn about possible jobs they can pursue in the future. Edgar Jimenez, rising 7th grader You could find out where a pipe was for electricity, so like if you were going to dig there, you wouldn't harm it. Michyah Hancock, rising 7th grader Make sure you throw it so that you don't hit them in the face and stuff, you throw it beside them so they can catch it. Lessons that were fun, eye-opening and helpful in the classroom today, and possibly building interest for their tomorrow. Another big perk for school officials today was having this on the Virginia Western Campus. Educators say introducing and familiarizing them to the community college this early can help spur interest in a post-secondary education. Live in Roanoke, David Kaplan, wdbj7.