West High STEM students visit 185th Air Refueling Wing

West High STEM students visit 185th Air Refueling Wing

A group of West High School students got a hands- on stem class courtesy of the Iowa Air National Guard today.

The new STEM class is focused on Geometry and Physics, and is a "project heavy" class.

Today, the students got a class on how the 185th Air Refueling Wing makes things move.

"They have brought the science, they have brought the math of this technology. So, it's a really good fit for what we're teaching. It's also a connection, a community connection, and a learning connection for our kids to kinda get outta the box and think a little more big picture," said West High teacher Shelly Nash.

One of the students at today's lesson says she appreciates the chance to get a hands-on look at the planes of the 185th.

"In school, we're trying to figure out how math and physics work in the real world. So this gives us a pretty good example. We get to see the airplanes all the time, but we never get to see whats inside of them. So this was good," said 9th grader Faith Taylor.

The lesson at the 185th lasted about 2.5 hours today and both students and teachers hope to be able to repeat it in the future.

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