‘Mission to Mars’ Prepares Elementary Students for Space Travel at WSU
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University and Hill Air Force Base will bring 300 fifth-grade students from local elementary schools to campus to participate in the annual Mission to Mars Link-up Day, May 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Swenson Gym.
Mission to Mars is sponsored by the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology (EAST) and the Hill AFB STEM Outreach Program. The event is designed to be a fun and hands-on way to encourage kids to explore STEM fields.
“Mission to Mars is the premier event of the Hill STEM Outreach Program,” said Alison Sturgeon, Hill STEM Program manager. “We love this event for many reasons. Not only is link-up day fun, but students spend time studying Mars in their classrooms and they experience how math, science, writing, creativity and imagination work together to make what seems impossible, possible.”
In the months prior to the event, students will study how to sustain life on Mars, and discuss solutions to the many challenges humans would encounter on the planet.
On Link-up Day, the students will build 12 by 12 by 8-foot high habitats and present their life-support system models, team mission patch and uniform, and a creative story or play about their journey to judges. The habitats will be linked to one another via a series of tunnels – hence the “link-up” name.
“It is a pleasure to work with the Hill Air Force Base team and local schools on Mission to Mars,” said Dana Dellinger, Center for Technology Outreach director. “We share the goal of helping kids maximize their STEM education now and go on to pursue degrees and careers in STEM fields.”
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