Kids learn about science at annual Lexington festival

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Dozens of families turned out for an annual event in Lexington to help kids learn about science.

Main Street Lexington teamed up with college students and local educators to host the annual Lexington Science Festival and Maker Faire on Sunday.

For brothers Jordan and Jace, the robotics exhibit was one of their favorites.

“He played karate with us,” Jordan said of one of the robots. 

“They’re really excited,” said Edward Olbrych, who studies electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Military Institute. “Especially the spider one – that really gets them.”

Olbrych was there to show kids how the robots work.

“We have a Roomba robot…which you can use to vacuum your house,” he said. “So a lot of wonderful, practical applications and just sort of get their imagination started.” 

According to festival organizers, students and educators from VMI, Washington and Lee University, Rockbridge County Schools and Tech Busters ran 15 exhibits in subjects ranging from astronomy to chemistry.

The event, which is in its third year, exposes kids of all ages to different areas of science.

“This is a great opportunity for people to really get engaged in science and to really have a hands-on experience,” said Maggie Lee, a volunteer with the science festival. 

Organizers hope the event also inspires some to join the next generation of scientists, Lee said. 

For seven-year-old Jordan, he is already planning a career in science as a heart surgeon, he said. 

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