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This year has been off to an incredibly hectic start and with that, the Nothing as Awesome as Science – Absolutely NASA program is back up and running. We have excellent mentors this year and a really cool website, but we are struggling to recruit new pre-service elementary school teachers into the program. We have a pre-med major, an English major, and a geoscience major. We are all about sharing the love of science, but if funding isn’t going to to get pulled, we need to get more pre-service teachers. This program is about empowering people in the sciences and showing them how interactive and engaging it can be.
Today, we will be setting up solar telescopes in front of our student union to engage people in science because who doesn’t want to see the solar flares and sun spots? Especially when all our lives, we’ve been told not to look at the golden ball of hydrogen and helium that powers pretty much everything in our planet. We will also be passing out lots of NASA goodies.
Our activities that we have done so far this year are egg drops, parachuting challenges, and the science of baking cookies. We have built DNA out of marshmallows and licorice, and molecules out of gumdrops and toothpicks. We have done icebreaker challenges where we did the atomic waste challenge which comprises of moving a whole bunch of ping pong balls from one bucket to another and you can’t touch the bucket or drop a ball. We also had our students compete in an egg toss. Here are the photos:
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