The future is here: Our children can partner with NASA on MARS studies

Who would have thought that our children can participate in NASA space and solar system studies directly? Now they can thanks to New NASA science resource called Wavelength. Wavelength site features hundreds of resources organized by topic and audience level from elementary to college, and out-of-school programs that span the extent of NASA science.  It […]
Who would have thought that our children can participate in NASA space and solar system studies directly? Now they can thanks to New NASA science resource called Wavelength. Wavelength site features hundreds of resources organized by topic and audience level from elementary to college, and out-of-school programs that span the extent of NASA science.  It not only lets users find nearly everything they want to know about NASA science, but it also allows them to provide direct feedback to NASA to enhance our products. Seven Washington Academy fifth-graders in Belvidere, IL are doing just that.  Although the young scientists aren’t quite ready for NASA yet, they’re helping gather research for it. Based on the information they gather, the students will propose a question to NASA — for example, was there ever ice on Mars? Then, the space agency will use the visible wavelength camera aboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft in orbit around the red planet to take photos that can help the young scholars answer their original question. The students will use Skype to present their findings to NASA scientists, who will place data into a database for experts to use. Aside from researching Mars, the process allows students to think independently and learn how to collaborate to solve problems.  This real-world application motivates students to question all theories and dive into studies themselves. There are even resources that I can explore with my pre-school age daughter Alice.  You can find them here. THANKS, NASA! For access to NASA Wavelength, visit: http://nasawavelength.org For information on NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, visit: http://science.nasa.gov/ For information about NASA education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education


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