Nampa students hands-on at Gowen Field for STEM

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 19:21:08-04

Nampa High School students got a behind-the-scenes experience at Gowen Field Friday, Oct. 13, ahead of this weekend's airshow.

Nearly 40 students in grades 9-12, along with their teacher, Chris Anderson, participated in humvee and M-16 rifle simulations.

This unique opportunity was the prize for Anderson's award-winning STEM-oriented curriculum, in which the students are learning about flight physics and wing shapes.

"This year, we just happen to be doing wing shapes, which is a passion of mine," Anderson said. "I'm a private pilot and this ties directly into what I'm doing and getting kids interested into what life outside of school is in science."

The group was also able to preview the airshow this weekend, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Royal Canadian Snowbirds.