Salt River Elementary Students Learn About the Wonders of Space
On October 26, Salt River Elementary School hosted its annual Space Day event to promote the STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
Guest speakers were brought in from educational and nonprofit organizations including the Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration, the Planetary Science Institute and Orbital ATK, to name a few. Presentations were specifically planned to cater to each grade level.
|Students are fully engaged in Dr. Jim Rice's presentation about his dream of becoming an astronaut.|
Dr. Jim Rice from the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson spoke to the SRES Student Council and Robotics Club students about his dream of becoming an astronaut. Rice almost made it; he was a NASA Astronaut Candidate Finalist in 2000 and 2009. Even though his journey didn’t go as planned, he said, it opened other doors of opportunity in the space field that he never dreamt of.
|Dr. Jim Rice from the Planetary Science Institute speaks to students and staff.|
“When you have failures, you’re going to have to keep on going,” Rice said. “You’re going to have failures in life, I can tell you that right now. I’m not going to sugar-coat it. But you’ve got to learn from those experiences.”
Senior scientist at PSI, Rice has a Ph.D. in geological sciences from ASU and is a co-investigator and Geology Team Leader on the Mars Exploration Rover Project (Spirit and Opportunity). He also has mission experience working on the Mars Odyssey Orbiter and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter projects. Rice has organized and led several NASA-sponsored field conferences to Mars analog sites around the world.
|Everyone braces themselves, during an experiment, as the balloons go in the box.||John Goddard with the Challenger Space Center, lets the students feel the icy cold nitrogen.|