Middle school students got the chance to handle real, but nonfunctioning, rocket and missile launchers Wednesday during the First Division Museum's Military Science Rocket Class at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
After learning the history of rockets in the Army, the youngsters, ages 11 through 14, each were given a model rocket to assemble and launch at the end of class.
Although this was the final rocket class, the museum has other classes at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through August, museum educator Jessica Wascak said.
The Thursday program is called History Alive and focuses on various wars. This week's class is studying the Civil War.
On Tuesdays, the museum offers History Connection classes that focus on specifics of warfare, such as uniforms.
The classes are free and do not require registration. For details, visit www.firstdivisionmuseum.org.