ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A professor from MIT is leading a unique summer program in Albemarle County.

The Maker Space Academy is sponsored by Albemarle County schools, and offers kids in the Southwood community a place to learn and play.

The academy students are given materials and asked to be creative, which results in all sorts of inventions.

Student Erick Guzman is in the process of making a robot that will swim in the water.

"The back one makes it go up and down. It's probably going to swim up and down like a dolphin, it's going to jump up and down,” said Guzman.

Gloria Rockhold, from ACPS Community Engagement said, "Everyone that understands the importance of having our children be active in learning so that when they start school at the end of august then they'll be more stimulated and they can bring a body of knowledge that they may not have had."

The Jefferson Park Baptist church let the group use the space for the summer.

This is the first year of the program, and it already had 45 students signed up.