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Fifth-graders build complex, interactive circuit wall at SE Portland workshop

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Ninety fifth-grade students from Forest Park Elementary School are receiving some first-hand experience building circuit boards at a Portland-based workshop.

The students gathered this week at ADX on Southeast 11th Avenue and learned how to build and operate their own circuit board.

Organizers view it as a new, interactive way for students to learn science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

"They don't quite get it when they first walk in. It's like their school still," said Michael Alfoni, of ADX. "But I think the first time they pick up a giant power tool, and start sanding, or polishing or cutting, their eyes light up every single time and it's awesome to see."

By the end of the project, the students will have built a 5-foot-tall interactive circuit wall that will do everything from turn on lights to run motors.

Teacher Grant Poujade said the program is teaching students important 21st century skills.

"Providing maker opportunities that help students learn computer science and engineering skills at a young age inspires exploration and creativity that will last a lifetime," he said.

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