Young Engineers

By Ben Wolf
Tuesday June 12, 2007

"Wrap the rubber band around the gear, then I twist the back wheel right here, then when I'm ready I let go," second grader Remington Hough said as he showed off a Lego car.

Remington Hough and the rest of the junior Lego engineering crew learn a thing or two about simple machines.

"Yesterday we built a retractable chair and today we built a draw bridge," said fifth grader Robbie Beeland.

"The supports that have to be slanted for it to actually work," added fifth grader Foley Harp.

No matter where these kids want to end up, program instructor Leslie Deaver says they are taking with them a valuable foundation.

"They're learning the basics of engineering. They're learning how engineers work, what they basically see as a structure," said instructor Lesley Deaver.

The continuing education department at Valdosta State is putting on various summer programs for area youngsters through their two thousand seven camp discovery program.

"They're having a lot of fun. I think a lot of them don't even realize that they're learning," added Deaver.

Many kids in the program feel the skills they're picking up will help them in science class in the fall.

"There's going to be things I already know cause of this," said fifth grader Michael Buchman.

As the campers take the next step in the instruction manual, they could be taking the first step to a brighter future. The discovery program runs through July at Valdosta State.

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