Tammy Mutasa, Garland/Mesquite Reporter
As part of National Engineering Week, teachers at North Garland High School arranged for a Bell helicopter to touch down on campus to give students an up close look at how it operates.
North Garland High School students got an up-close look at a Bell helicopter Tuesday as part of National Engineering Week.
The helicopter touched down at the school's football field for a lesson on aeronautical engineering.
"This is really going to spark an interest into the many minds of the students here and the younger students, and I'm excited to see that happen," student Nick Cerean said.
Teacher Emilie Baxter said the show-and-tell demonstrates "that people actually do this for a living and it can fun and entertaining and educational," which is the best way of teaching.
Students learned how helicopters work, from flying to landing.
"Math and science -- while most people interpret math and science from being a scientist or a mathematician or an engineer, you can be all of the above when flying a helicopter," Baxter said.
The demonstration was part National Engineering Week at North Garland's Math, Science and Technology Magnet Program and Project Lead the Way, which promotes real-life engineering experiences in the classroom.
"Engineering is something that I always wanted to do ever since I was little, so just learning about the different branches and things like that is just opening up my eyes and giving me a better view of what engineering I actually want to do later on in life," student Katelyn Daniel said.