WATSONVILLE — During a trip to Stanford University recently, Radcliff Elementary School fifth-grader Yadeni Cordova toured the college’s Product Realization Lab, where engineering students turn their ideas into reality.
Yadeni, accompanied by a group of her peers, also took a short walk around the campus, which included a visit to the famed Stanford Memorial Church, considered one of the oldest churches in the west.
But the highlight for Yadeni was when the group climbed the 285-foot Hoover Tower.
“The view was breathtaking,” she said.
The trip came thanks to David Manier, who works with students in Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.
“We feel strongly that all kiddos have got the potential to go far, and we’re giving them the opportunity to see what’s out there,” he said. “The object was to spark a passion in them to see what is beyond their local community college and their community and keep that fire going.”
Manier said he hopes to make the trip an ongoing event, and expand it to other schools.
Yadeni said the trip was a “great opportunity” for the 10 students who went.
“Not many kids get to go, especially in the fifth grade,” she said. “It’s a hard school to get into. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Yadeni has dreams of becoming a veterinarian.
Mikey Ramirez said he hopes to become either an engineer or an astronaut.
“It was fun that we got to experience all those things that many people don’t get do to,” he said.
Radcliff Elemementary School principal Ulli Kummerow, in sunglasses, poses with a group of GATE students during a recent campus tour. — Contributed