DENVER - School leaders at John F. Kennedy High School are trying to get their students excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

This week, a group of students went to the Western Area Power Administration to learn how electricity works.

Cristina Sanchez, assistant principal, said they've done away with a lot of their lectures to focus on hands-on activities.

"That's why events like these help them a lot," she said, "it helps them realize that it is possible to go to college or it is possible to be an engineer."

Most of her students would be the first in their families to go to college. “I think that this is one way to see okay I can do this and it’s not that hard," said Sanchez.

Students at the school can start going on field trips during their freshman year.