Students enrolled in the technology classes at St. Helena High School and Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School recently visited NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
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The students are part of the CTE computer pathways classes. Over two years, those classes introduce students to tech fields such as computer science, coding, robotics and engineering. The courses help students begin to think about careers by visiting tech companies like Google, Intel and in this case NASA.
Students were greeted by a NASA engineer who organized the day so that every 30 minutes the students were whisked from building to building on the NASA campus, meeting specialists who created presentations and hands-on experiences for the students.
"I can’t understate the impact the experience had on these kids,” said teacher John Harrington. “It was obvious that each of these specialists had invested a tremendous amount of time developing clear and substantive presentations for my students. Each one clearly explained the technology the kids were viewing, their personal backgrounds and how they got to their current positions and then spent time offering them career advice. It was very impressive."