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Biloxi High Junior ROTC cadets get lesson outside of classroom

Cadets say say the experience was the first step to meeting their career goals. (Photo source: WLOX News) Cadets say say the experience was the first step to meeting their career goals. (Photo source: WLOX News)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Future scientists and engineers in South Mississippi recently got out of the classroom and into the field for some hands on experience.

"Everything has to be processed. I mean, you can't have a fin that's slightly off or else the whole thing is going to go bad," Senior Cadet Ashton McKinney said.

During the past week, the students from the Biloxi High School Junior ROTC program have been studying about the history of space flight and the stem principles. Now, they're able to take what they've learned inside of the classroom, outdoors to INFINITY Science Center.

"It's an actual hands on application. You can just read about something in a book and that's great and that's all neat, but to actually be able getting to make the rockets yourself and actually see the principles actually work out, I just think it puts it all into prospective," McKinney said.

Many of the cadets are interested in pursuing a science or engineering career after college, and say the experience was the first step to meeting their career goals.

"I do have an interest in engineering so I believe building rockets is helping me get use to building," Sophomore Cadet Matthew Metcalf said.

After each cadet launched their rocket, they were able to tour the INFINITY Science Center for two hours. 

"It's just really awesome to see young kids really engaged and interested, and these are going to be our future leaders and thinkers of tomorrow so we want to do what we can to help them get there," INFINITY Science Center Director of Communications Mary Douglas.

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