GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - About 90 students at Gautier Middle School almost had the trip of a lifetime Thursday, but it was still a valuable learning experience.
There were plenty of questions from the students, and the answers were just as plentiful from a NASA engineer based at Stennis.
"I learned how much it costs to build one of the rocket engines and how they are trying to send people to live on Mars," student Phoebe Kemp said.
For many, it was a new learning curve.
"This is the first time I've even done any face calls with people. I was glad we were able to communicate with different schools and talk with people from the Stennis Space Center, which was really cool," said Terrius Moore.
Teacher Stacy Lawrence says it's important for the kids to experience a new way of learning because it engages them, and makes them think creatively.
"It is a way to travel for miles and still stay in the classroom or in the home," said Lawrence. "It adds variety and it actually opens to the door to new learning experiences for all of our children."
It also gave students like Froylan Benitez a new appreciation for America's space program.
"I learned that through the NASA association, there have been many successful attempts and some failures," Benitez. "But overall, NASA has gotten us a step closer in getting better technology."
The students are now a step closer to possible careers in science and engineering.