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College Mentors for Kids comes to Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR News) - Move over, Bill Nye the Science Guy - these kids are the scientists of the future.

Today's assignment? A sweet experiment, extracting DNA from strawberries and using candy to make DNA models at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech.

It's all part of Tech's College Mentors for Kids Program.

This program partners college students with kids in first through fourth grades in Montgomery County schools.

"They've never really been in labs before and this is a serious lab and they get to extract DNA from strawberries which is something elementary school students don't really get to do everyday so I think the excitement they get from the activity is my favorite part," said Hannah Dunfee, College Mentor for Kids VP of Programming.

The mentors and their "buddies" get to meet up once a week for an activity.

Recently they have visited with Hokie athletes and toured campus.

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