A total of 273 eighth graders from Meredith Middle School spent the day at Wilmington University on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, participating in the program which included an orientation to college life, degree programs and financial aid opportunities.

They also toured the campus and listened to interactive presentations, included Game Design & Development, Graphic Design, and Cyber Security. The presentations were from Wilmington University professors who teach in the popular College of Technology.

There was also a panel discussion with student athletes.

As the visit wound down, students played a game of Kahoot to test their new-found college knowledge for the chance to win prizes.

It was the first time WU has hosted a middle school group. Dana Rideout, a counselor at Meredith Middle, has coordinated similar experiences for the students at the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.

"These annual trips provide a valuable way for our students to connect the education they receive with us to their future goals and aspirations. Having a real-world experience brings it to life and allows them to see what they can achieve,” Rideout said.