JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Some kids in Johnson City have been using their summer to learn about science and technology.

Monday, a group of students left the classroom behind for some hands-on learning in a STEM program hosted by the Greater Love Church.

"STEM" stands for science, technology engineering and math, and this program had middle school students getting a good dose of each subject. They were learning about astronomy and mapping out the solar system inside the Mini Dome at E.T.S.U.

The goal is to help the kids learn by doing. Jayden Anderson, a rinsing seventh grader tells News 5, “For me it's been a great experience, because, well, it's preparing me for seventh grade. You learn a lot more at your own pace here than you do at your regular school."

The kids will also be learning about biology and later, at the Gray Fossil Site, they'll check out some fossils and other things.

The program lasts for four week. Volunteers from East Tennessee State University as well as from around the community instruct the kids throughout the summer program.