It’s fun to have an event such as Mars Day at a time when there’s so much more being discovered about the Red Planet. Like the excitement about flowing water, a few weeks ago.
For this year’s Mars Day at Salt River Elementary, we feature three interesting facets of Space exploration and discovery.
StarLab: This is an inflatable planetarium that will give younger grades an interstellar experience. It comes to us through ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. Just the idea of having a planetarium come to the school turns science into something more experiential. Added to that we have a great outreach team that gives students a ‘tour’ of the night sky, and a hands-on table-top experience.
Zak Wilson is one of the crew on the Mars Habitat experiment last year. He will be here to conduct concurrent sessions, and be our keynote speaker. Zak, who was part of a 6-member crew lived in a Martian habitat (seen on right) for eight months! It was situated on a volcanic terrain that resembled Mars. More about this experience here.
ASU/NASA. And last but not least, we have the team from ASU’s Mars Space Flight Facility conducting hands-on sessions with grades 3,, 4, 5, and 6. This is the fourth year of our collaboration with this group.
Here’s how Mars Day has evolved.
In 2012, we had our students talk to Kody Ensley, a
Native American who interned at NASA, and worked on Robonaut,
In 2013, we featured Commander John Herrington, former Space Shuttle commander,and the first Native American in Space.
In 2014, we had the Hi-SEAS Mission team, and Dr. Jack Farmer from ASU.
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