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Can You Teach Rocket Science To Middle School Students?

Space Center Houston did just that at a workshop designed to engage students in STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.

Students in gravity chairs
Students bounce in gravity chairs outside the Space Center Houston.

 

Hundreds of students were greeted by NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps who shared stories of her travels in space. It was all geared toward inspiring kids to pursue careers in STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Sixth grader Hla Aye said science was already his favorite subject, but now, he’s even more eager to learn.

Students building parachutes
Students get a lesson in building parachutes for their handmade rockets.

“It was very exciting,” he said. “I never met a real life astronaut.”

Students also launched mini rockets and bounced around in gravity chairs. Science teacher Roshundria King said activities like these get students engaged with STEM subjects.

“Once you’re able to build something, you see the creativity and actually how it works instead of just reading it all day,” King said.

That’s just what the Space Center team hopes to accomplish. Director Richard Allen said they want to reach out to young students as they’re deciding what career to pursue.

“So when they leave here they go, ‘You know, I think I want to go find out some more about robotic hands, or about astronaut safety, or about building rockets,’” he said.

This was the first time the Space Center has hosted the workshop. Allen said he wants to continue hosting the event in future years.

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