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Bruce Waller with the IALR educates a group of young students on how to build their robotic gear activities. 

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville hosted a class for students grades 3-8 on Friday in their mobile Inspiration Lab at Cardinal Village in Danville. 

Students, who were required to wear masks, gloves and maintain social distancing, worked to complete an activity where they built robotic gears out of building blocks. 

Program Coordinator Bruce Waller said that the lab can normally accommodate up to 24 students, but that they are restricted to eight at a time for safety during COVID-19. 

Waller said that this program is meant to get children interested and excited about STEM education so that they can jumpstart a career in those fields, and benefit the economies of their communities. 

"If they get excited about this, then they'll pursue higher education and when they start their career, they will come back to their community," Waller said. 

Waller said they have been setting up these events, which are open and free to participate in, in many areas in Danville and Pittsylvania County. 

A similar event will be held in Elba Park in Gretna on Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. 

For more on the IALR's Inspiration Lab, see the July 15 edition of the Chatham Star-Tribune. 

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