By Felix Samuel, News Writer

The engineering magnet program took a trip on March 13 to Huntsville, Alabama, to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

Mr. Kareem Beckett, Head of the Magnet Program, is the person who organized the trip.

“The purpose of this trip was for the students to learn leadership skills and apply those skills in class,” Beckett said.

A trip to Alabama is undeniably something to get students thrilled about.

“I’m most looking forward to the simulated space mission,” Freshman Micah Smith said. 

The students spent three days at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. While on the trip, students took part in an Introduction to Aviation challenge and were trained as astronauts to complete a simulated space mission.

“I definitely feel like I gained a lot of knowledge while on this trip,” Freshman Cohen Wilson said. “I really enjoyed being able to pretend to be an astronaut.”

Engineering has always been a strong suit at Keenan, with a robotics team that competes in Myrtle Beach annually. The newly started magnet program is designed to provide students with the help and tools they need to further their already strong talents.

Keenan has always pushed students to be the best they can be and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Beckett does this though his lead role in the engineering magnet program.

“Through the magnet program, we are helping students to secure summer internships and future jobs,” Beckett said.

Many more opportunities like this trip to Alabama are available to students through the magnet program, making it one of the best in the state.