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In Ryan Pieper's Design Build course, based out of the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, students are able to work with hands-on building projects while their classmates assist them remotely. Some remote students are hundreds of miles away but join their team through applications like Zoom and FaceTime. 
"Can you see that, David?" "Yeah." Today, we were working on a solar powered light that will live outside, that would partially illuminate the rear staircase that we have. And so in this particular group, I have three students, two that were here physically in the shop and one that was down in Blacksburg. I'm basically with them through every step while they're working on the wood shopping, they literally set me down while they're doing all the things. Just like kind of like an observer but also like a team member at the same time. It's really helpful to be so close to the WAAC and have opportunities for in-person learning. Just like in terms of separating where you live and where you work. It's not terrible, being over virtual. I was still able to be a part of the team, give my input. Even though I wasn't able to hands-on stuff, I was more able to do the research behind the projects. It's been a really good experience. I really enjoy coming in each day. I can't really imagine doing anything else.