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RANCHO CORDOVA--

More than 200 elementary students in Rancho Cordova were able to tour the Aerojet Rocketdyne facility Wednesday without ever leaving the classroom.

The rocket manufacturer set up a two-way, live streamed broadcast for the Riverview STEM Academy students, who are actually too young to set foot in its facility.

"I am hoping to learn about rockets and why they built rockets, what do they want to accomplish in the future," 5th grader Jazmine Savorn said.

The goal of Wednesday's virtual field trip was to take these students' lessons outside the walls of the school and show them what they can accomplish if they apply themselves.

"(Aerojet Rocketdyne has) many different kinds of engineers that have specific jobs," Principal Tony Peterson said. "We want to let the kids know what world of work is out there."

Peterson said only one out of every 12 people who become engineers are from the United States. It's a number he hopes to change.