What does it take to explore beyond our planet? Last month, Ms. Zerga took our 5th and 6th Grade students on a NASA virtual field trip with the Ames Exploration Encounter to find out. This program allows students to learn about various physics concepts, aeronautics, past space missions, and the International Space Station, or ISS.
Students enjoyed watching videos about life on the ISS, information about missions to Mars, and plans for revisiting the moon. Learning about wind tunnels at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and how they are used for testing was also a highlight of the experience.
They were allowed to ask open questions about anything related to NASA or space during their visit. Everyone received resources for rewatching the videos, and Ms. Zerga supplemented them with some additional links to explore more on their own.
In the past, we were able to visit NASA Ames in person, but with a virtual format this year, this was still an excellent opportunity to learn more about space exploration.
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