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Benjamin Wride cheers as his friend’s homemade rocket launches fair distance as students in a Prefreshman Engineering Program test their creations outside of Joel P. Jensen Middle School in West Jordan on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The summer enrichment program aims to introduce students to careers in STEM-related fields.
Benjamin Wride cheers as his friend’s homemade rocket launches fair distance as students in a Prefreshman Engineering Program test their creations outside of Joel P. Jensen Middle School in West Jordan on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The summer enrichment program aims to introduce students to careers in STEM-related fields.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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Photo of the day: Summer STEM program proves to be a blast

A group of middle school students celebrated the end of a Jordan School District summer mathematics-based enrichment program Thursday by having a blast — launching homemade rockets outside of Joel P. Jensen Middle School in West Jordan.

For the past six weeks, students in the Prefreshman Engineering Program have been immersed in abstract reasoning, problem-solving, computer science, statistics, engineering and mind-challenging math equations. On Thursday, they launched rockets they designed using engineering skills.

Students in the program undergo four hours of interactive lessons each day aimed at introducing them to careers and opportunities in STEM-related fields. As part of program, students have the opportunity to attend STEM classes at Salt Lake Community College half days in their junior and senior years in high school.

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