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Kids Practice STEM Skills at Historic Dunbar Schoolhouse

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Community STEM event at the Dunbar Schoolhouse Community STEM event at the Dunbar Schoolhouse
Community STEM event at the Dunbar Schoolhouse Community STEM event at the Dunbar Schoolhouse
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Community STEM event at the Dunbar Schoolhouse Community STEM event at the Dunbar Schoolhouse
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Some kids in Fluvanna County are building up their engineering skills.

The historic Dunbar Schoolhouse hosted a community event Friday, July 13, that also gave kids the opportunity to practice STEM - science, technology, engineering and math – skills.

Students were put into groups where volunteers helped them assemble things like electrical circuits and other contraptions focusing on action-reaction.

"It'll take them far in their future, it'll prepare them for college, and life learning skills along the way," said parent and volunteer Stacy Smith.

"STEM projects are something that we're really interested in. I home school my daughters, so it's a good opportunity to do stuff in the community," Meggie Dierauer said.

Event organizers say this is a great way to bring the kids together to learn something, especially over the summer when school is out.

"In this part of the county there's nothing for the kids to do. They're out of school all summer. A half mile down the road there's no internet, there's no pool, there's no YMCA. So I'm just trying to give them a positive space so they can learn their heritage and learn engineering to help them in the future," said organizer Carmen Smith.

"Just educating our kids, teaching them that there's other opportunities out there, bettering their future, it's just well-rounded, everything about it is going to be beneficial to our children," Dierauer said.

Smith is also working every weekend to restore the historic school building.

"A lot of the schools are restoring the buildings for museums to go and see,.I wanted Dunbar to still make history," she said. My goal is having a safe environment for the kids. If we don’t do something with those kids, they'll end up in jail. These are our future, and we've got do something with these kids because if we want a great neighborhood later, we got to do something now."

The Dunbar School will be hosting community members again during the county's Second Sunday Celebration in August, which is focused on the building's history.