The Rockport Fulton High School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Club visited the multibillion-dollar petrochemical facility of Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) Saturday, Jan. 23, to see firsthand how STEM is used to build and operate such a facility.

The plant will produce ethylene, polyethylene and mono-ethylene glycol and, when completed, will be the largest of its kind in the world.

Students were given an overview of the facility by GCGV representatives, followed by visits to the laboratory, the state-of-the-art control room, extensive computer simulation facilities, and the Fire and emergency response facilities.

Each student was also allowed to use virtual reality training equipment in a heart-stopping, hands-on “walk the plank” exercise. The visit was concluded with a guided bus tour around the entire site.

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