Building cars, and learning career skills

Northeast Alabama
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Woodville, Ala. (WHNT) -- Two fifth grade classes at Woodville School are getting a hands-on experience learning career skills.

Inside Melissa Evans' fifth grade science class, the room is bustling with small students, doing a hefty task: "Building a car," ten-year-old Gabe Lyle says.

Along with his classmates and another class they're putting together two electric cars.

It's been a process that started several days ago, and one that the students are excited to learn.

But, they're learning a bigger lesson."To learn about future engineering and to get hands-on science," Lyle says.

For teacher Melissa Evans, this project is a way to teach a hands-on lesson. "This is a STEM project, that involves science, technology, engineering, and math skills," Evans says.

She says the project is teaching kids different subjects as well, like problem solving and reading."These children are learning skills that they are going to apply later on as an adult," Evans says.

As for the kids, well, they're ahead of the game. "Either an engineer or a marine biologist," Lyle answers, in regards to what he would like to be.

The project is a team effort between two classes, and the result is priceless."Get an early start for life, pretty much," Lyle says.

The kids plan to race the cars against schools from Huntsville in a few months.

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