Nine eleventh graders attended a GEAR UP science, technology, engineering and math field trip on April 15th and 16th at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Friday evening the students attended a workshop where college students spoke and answered questions about what it's like being a college student. Students then heard a presentation from a graduate student in geology whose life is dedicated to studying volcanoes. He gave a very passionate presentation about his travels researching volcanoes around the world. The students were housed in a hotel and enjoyed free time in the pool that night. Saturday the students visited the Chimpanzee Research Center on campus where three chimpanzees are kept. The chimpanzees speak sign language and their communication with each other and humans is researched at CWU. Next the students went to a session called College 101 where college students spoke about all aspects of how to go to college, including filling out the FAFSA, writing personal statements and applying for scholarships. After that session, students toured the campus and ate lunch in the cafeteria. The students enjoyed the all-you-can-eat buffet that CWU students choose from every day. Next the students traveled to the Wild Horse Wind Farm outside of Ellensburg to learn about wind energy. They learned how energy is generated by the large wind turbines. There are 127 wind turbines at the Wild Horse facility. Students hard a presentation about renewable energy and then went inside the base of one of the turbines. The wind was gusting to 50 mph that day. The students came home exhausted but full of new knowledge.
Fifty nine students out of 60 have been accepted into post-secondary education. One hundred percent have applied to colleges, universities or the military. Students have been accepted into post-secondary institutions all over Washington as well as schools outside the state, including schools in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon.
Brewster Students at the Wild Horse Wind Farm in Ellensburg, WA