2008-11-27 / Entertainment

SF Students Tour Space Center

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Pictured left: Nick Smartt, Noah Smartt, Steven Meyer, Jesse Smartt, Kelsey White, Dakota Ritz and Kristin Caro. Pictured left: Nick Smartt, Noah Smartt, Steven Meyer, Jesse Smartt, Kelsey White, Dakota Ritz and Kristin Caro. Southern Fulton students had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Monday, November 10. They traveled to The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for a day of aerospace experiences.

The students were led through a series of activities, including "Science on a Sphere" where they learned about satellites and how the images of the Earth are used in predicting weather patterns and overall changes in the atmosphere of the Earth and the planets of our solar system.

The visitors center was opened just for them for the day to learn about the physics of rockets and orbiting satellites as well as telescopes and upcoming NASA projects. They met and spoke with two NASA employees, including an engineer and an astrophysicist, and they viewed solar flare movies and learned how solar flares affect everything on earth.

Following a visit to the rocket garden and lunch, they were taken on a tour of the restricted buildings where telescopes and satellites that NASA sends into space are designed and built. The students from Southern Fulton were the first students in the country to participate in this daylong experience, which is now a program that Goddard is offering to high schools. The students also designed and built model rockets and launched them to see how their flight pattern would change with the modifications that they had designed and built into theirs. The entire day was extremely rewarding, and the students learned a lot about what NASA does and about careers in the field of aerospace.

Any teachers who would like more information on the new program at NASA, please feel free to e-mail Carolyn Mottern at cmottern@sfsd.k12.pa.us to obtain contact information.

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