Franklin County sixth graders learn to be innovators

Published: Apr. 2, 2019 at 6:17 PM EDT
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Franklin County students are learning to be innovators.

A group of sixth graders spent the day at the Qualcomm and Virginia Tech Think-a-bit Lab in Roanoke. They use science, engineering, and math concepts to solve a problem. A group of students in a class created a fingerprint and eye scan doorknob. "Many of our students don't have the exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math," said Brenda Musa, Franklin County Public Schools."When this opportunity came about for our students I was really excited."

"We want to give them a chance to explore," said Lisa Hanlin, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, "And look at STEM careers in a fresh new way, with the hopes that when they graduate, they'll take of advantage of some opportunities they might not have considered.

Organizers say they look forward to reaching more students across the valley.