Elementary Students Execute a Mission to Mars via WSU
During the activity, 160 students will construct inflatable plastic habitats 12 feet in diameter by 8 feet high suitable to sustain life on Mars. A series of tunnels will connect the student projects. At the day’s conclusion, students cut those tunnels, linking all of the habitats to the colony — hence the name Link-Up Day.
“The Mission to Mars gives the students a chance to expand their understanding of the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with hands-on experience and applications, while giving the students a chance to show off their hard work, knowledge and teamwork,” said Debbie Roach, STEM Outreach Coordinator, HAFB. “It's STEM made fun.”
“When you excite students with hands-on experiences like a Mar’s colonization simulation and reinforce classroom learning with creative applications of science and engineering concepts, students get motivated and want to learn,” said Rainie Ingram, WSU’s Engineering and Technology Outreach coordinator. “The college is thrilled to partner with Hill Air Force on the Mission to Mars project so these learning opportunities are accessible to fifth grade students in our surrounding schools.”