Mission to Mars: West students discuss their trip to the red planet

Grand Junction, CO – Students in West Middle School’s MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program will showcase their recent experience at the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s Mars Robotics Laboratory in Colorado Springs during a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017, in the Harry Butler Boardroom at R-5 High School, 455 N. 22nd St.

During their visit to the Space Foundation Discovery Center, students planned a simulated mission to Mars that included driving EV3 (LEGO) rovers on the Mars surface, donning space suits and walking on the surface of Mars to collect data, fabricating structures, and debriefing with Space Foundation Space Education Specialists. Students prepared for the trip with pre-mission classwork focused on gathering information about Mars needed to make their mission successful. They will discuss their mission and its completion at Monday’s presentation.

Students visited the Space Foundation Discovery Center as part of a trip April 17-19 to Colorado Springs and Denver. MESA Coordinator Heidi Ragsdale’s connection to the center as a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison made the trip possible, along with a ScholarTrip grant from the Project Management Institute Education Foundation, in collaboration with the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons recruit teachers to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and the aerospace industry to today’s learners.