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Trailblazing: Grant helps Liberty Hill students explore future careers

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:30 am

Eighth-grader Meghan Spear wanted more opportunities to study science, technology, engineering and math at Liberty Hill Middle School in Killeen.

So, when the school’s counselor, Lendy Jones, found out Liberty Hill was approved for a nearly $2,400 grant to go toward promoting careers in those fields, she rushed through the halls of the middle school to find Spear.

“We did a happy dance in the hallway,” Jones said.

The Killeen Independent School District Education Foundation grant funded Trailblazer II, a 40-foot trailer featuring exhibits and hands-on activities about energy, weather, aerodynamics and biotechnology.

Some of the school’s 878 students made their way through the trailer, which was parked outside the middle school Thursday. The rest of the students will visit it today.

“It was neat because they used simple experiments to show how they do things in the engineering world,” said Spear, who wants to be an engineer. “It was really cool that we got to have this here, and it’s really neat to have everyone look at it because then they can see if they really want to go into (these) fields, and look at math and science in a different way.”

Seventh-grader Jeesoo Min said math and science are her two favorite subjects, so she was excited the trailer was on campus.

“It was cool,” Min said. “I get to know the explanations of why things happen.”

Jones said bringing the interactive trailer to the school also was cost-effective.

“If you were to drive and take them to a museum, the whole school cannot benefit because there’s no way you can take 800 students,” she said. “What we want them to take away from this is that the things they’re learning now can actually translate into careers in the future.”

srafique@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553 | @SarahRafique

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