Big Rocket Launch Marks End of Summer School for Students in Unique STEM Program

Rocket LaunchingIt was not a typical summer of rest and relaxation for some middle school students in Jordan School District. That’s because they were immersed in abstract reasoning, problem-solving, computer science, statistics, engineering and mind-challenging math equations. It was part of something called the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), which is an academically rigorous mathematics-based summer enrichment program. The last day of PREP culminated with students launching their own home-made rockets they designed using engineering skills.

The PREP program runs for six weeks over the summer, with students dedicated to 4-hours of interactive lessons each day. It is aimed at introducing teens to careers and opportunities in STEM-related fields. As part of PREP, students have the opportunity to attend STEM classes at Salt Lake Community College half days in their junior and senior years in high school.

Congratulations on a successful summer school. We hope you had a blast learning!