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Eighth-grade EASA tour gives potential students preview of program

Eighth-grade EASA tour gives potential students preview of program
Posted on 04/27/2015

Eighth graders from Patton and Duniway middle schools visited McMinnville High School’s Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) on April 22. The students, who are interested in applying for EASA, spent the morning at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, where EASA is located.

“This is the biggest turnout we’ve ever had,” said Sean Burke, assistant principal of MHS. “We have 130 students here today, and six from out of district.”  

The middle school students cycled through classrooms to hear presentations by current EASA students and see them demonstrate projects that represent the program curriculum for each year. 

“The work of engineers will have an impact on society,” EASA teacher MaryBeth Kramer told the students. “You’re going to be working on open-ended designs to work on a justifiable problem and come up with an original solution.”

The hands-on program is one of the career pathway programs at MHS that help prepare students for college and careers. EASA is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program that also allows students to earn college credit while meeting high school graduation requirements.

The field trip ended with student panels that offered the eighth graders a chance to question the EASA students. Questions ranged from how the dress code works, what the teachers are like, how the transportation works between the high school and the academy, and how many electives are required for EASA.

Applications for the 2015-16 school year are due May 8.

For more information, read about the application process and download the application for the 2015-16 school year.

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