Junior high school students in Clinton recently visited the Heartland Community College's Challenge Learning Center.
The principal of CJHS, Drew Goebel, indicates this comes back to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, curriculum. He says the Clinton Community Education Foundation helped fund the trip for the entire sixth-grade class to make the opportunity possible.
Goebel explains the experience was very hands-on with the students as they were simulating the actions of a space flight.
The field trip was the ultimate goal of any field trip a school may offer. Goebel says you want it to be fun but educational at the same time.
The visit also provided students the opportunity to talk with a NASA scientist, and Goebel says it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of his students.
The Clinton Community Education Foundation provided the opportunity for the sixth graders and Goebel says it is the plan to allow their sixth graders in the future this opportunity again.