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Prince William County students benefit from $300,000 in science equipment

Prince William County students benefit from $300,000 in science equipment. (ABC7)

Glenkirk Elementary fifth graders are seeing science through a different lens.

10-year-old Avary Rodda told ABC7 News, "I didn't like it at first but then in fifth grade I started getting more interested in it when we started talking about cells and with the interactive things I really like it."

Jonathan Davis has had a similar experience. "This year I got really into it since we are doing more cool stuff that I've always wanted to know," he shared.

The Gainesville, Virginia students are doing cool stuff with new equipment. "18 brand new microscopes, three 3-D microscopes, several rocks and mineral kits to use. We got several battery powered cars," Science Teacher Lynn Mallon explained.

The $300,000 in equipment comes from Manassas-based C & A Scientific. A gift spread across 100 public schools in Prince William County.

Before the equipment reached the students their teachers attended professional development workshops to collaborate on ways to maximize hands-on learning.

Mallon emphasized the importance of that kind of learning.

"When they can actually put their hands on what it is that they're learning and really see it and create themselves they get so much more excited and it brings that real life experience to it," she said.

"Now we get to do more interactive things in science which is really awesome," Rodda said.

The company that donated the items hopes engaging students in science will encourage them to pursue STEM related careers.

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