Students experience Navy STEM Tour

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Central Texas students experienced the power of STEM through the eyes of a Navy Seal on Thursday.

“Letting the students have a hands on experience so that they know what they are getting into,” said Joseph Mota, Fire Controlman First Class at the U.S. Navy.

Dozens of students at University High School put on vibrating backpacks and VR googles to experience what a boat rescue operation is really like.

“At the end they’ll show you your points on what you did and it actually shows you a little bit of what it actually is, what you might experience,” said Mardicela Padilla, Senior at University High School.

Padilla enlisted in the Navy last week and can’t wait to begin the journey.

“I’ve seen many things, seen and been through many things and I would help anybody who is in that kind of position even if that means risking my own life,” said Padilla.

She ships out August 14th for bootcamp.

“I hope to see and experience brand new things,” said Padilla.

Meanwhile, sophomore Sebastian Evans is in ROTC, but Thursday’s experience opened his eyes about possibly joining the Navy.

“It’s kind of like pulled me away from the Army and wanting to go Navy,” said Evans.

Students ended their experience with some pull ups and with a GIF of themselves dodging an aircraft.

“A lot of our systems are all electronics and robotics and stuff, so we definately want kids to have a hands on experience with that,” said Mota.

You can have that same experience this weekend at the Heart of Texas Airshow.

Click HERE to learn more.

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