Provided by Prince William County Schools
When you think about college visits, you expect the students in question to be in high school, not elementary and middle school. Taking 150 students to visit Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is no small feat. However, Principals Michael “Buddy” Lint (Occoquan Elementary School) and Hamish Brewer (Fred Lynn Middle School) are determined to show their students that they can achieve anything they want, to include earning a college degree.
Upon arriving at Virginia Tech, the students, teachers, and chaperones started their visit with an overview of what college is and how many different majors are offered. From there they split up into smaller groups, participating in a variety of activities ranging from building their own helmets to learning how a car engine works to designing their own video games. There was a strong emphasis on STEM activities throughout the visit. Following the activity time, the students met and ate lunch with a Virginia Tech Cadet. The visit ended with a tour of the athletic facilities.