Middle school students experience hands-on science at Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Roanoke middle schoolers spent their day in Virginia Tech labs. It's part of the Biocomplexity Institute's program that gets younger students interested in STEM education.

The students put their science knowledge to the test with a DNA experiment Friday.

This is part of a semester long experience for students throughout our region that introduces them to careers in science.

"One of the things that we're hoping for is that the kids really have this interest in science and they want to come back and they want to come back to the Biocomplexity institute, they want to come back to Virginia Tech and go to college here and do really awesome science research," said Kristy Collins, the director of education and outreach director at the Biocomplexity Institute.

The fun continues Saturday with Kids Tech University where 250 students from area schools and their parents learn about science research.