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.