BRISTOL, Va. -

Bristol, Virginia Middle School students got a chance to work with their hands today. The students worked with power tools to make their own metal catapult.

The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing brought their portable workshop to the school so eighth graders could get hands-on building experience using all of the tools available. Besides their hands, they're using their minds too.

"They're really interested in it, and they're finding out that they have to have a lot of math. Math means we've got drawings that you have to read. You have to do subtraction and addition for reading those drawings. They're learning quite a bit from this," Ronald Broadwater with RCAM said.

RCAM is a project of Northeast State Community College and is designed to introduce the students to the possibilities of advanced manufacturing careers.