Roanoke County kids learn about STEM

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) Kids at Ft. Lewis Elementary School are making the most of a half-day of classes.

Wednesday morning, they were in the middle of a "Buddy STEM Day." They were working on projects, like building bridges or creating ziplines to help teach STEM skills. Older kids were assigned a younger student to work with. The principal hopes those relationships keep growing.

Kim Hires Smith, Ft. Lewis Elementary Principal, said, "They'll have a three year buddy relationship that will take them info the future. I was just talking to some boys -- a 12th grader will be buddies with a freshman. So these relationships we're hoping will help build our community."

The principal says it's the first year for the buddy program.