POSTED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:13am
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:14am
MISSION - It's World Space Week in the Valley and one teacher at a Mission school got her entire students involved with learning about space.
It started with Mrs. Olmos getting NASA to lend out a few rock samples from the Moon and Mars and then she was selected to participate in a NASA program where she got to study with NASA scientist and engineers. Through that connection she was able to show her first grade class real Mars and Moon rocks. Mrs. Olmos says any teacher can get help from NASA, "There is a lot of information out there for any teacher really, you don't have to be a science teacher, math teacher, any teacher. There is a lot of information from the NASA website that they can go into. Everything is free, they can print out from your own computer at school or at home and all these things are available."
Having these hands on activities really got the first grade students excited about learning about space and the solar system. Mrs. Olmos says the students were so excited they didn't want to play with any of the Earth rock samples. With all the excitement spreading to other students, the fifth grade students built models of space rovers that could travel on the Moon and Mars.