Kids experience space and
beyond at College for Kids

By By Penny Randall / staff writer
June 6, 2004
Robots in space, the sun and Venus and how NASA launches rockets into space are just some of the topics children will be learning about during upcoming College for Kids classes.
College for Kids, held during the summer at Meridian Community College, allows children to experience things to which they might not otherwise be exposed.
The upcoming week-long NASA classes will be taught by specialists from the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.
The NASA classes are limited to 10 students per class in grades fourth through ninth and will include hands-on lessons.
The NASA classes will all be taught in the second session of College for Kids which runs June 14-18. The classes include:
100 Years of Flight: Celebrate 100 years of flight with this NASA class that helps you soar to new heights in science and math. The class focuses on advances in flight technology over the first century of flight. Students will experience interactive activities like tetrahedron kites, hot air balloons, right gliders and rockets.
Making the Sun-Earth Connection: On Tuesday, Venus will move across the sun. Learn about the "Venus Transit" and how the sun and Earth affect each other in this NASA class. Participants will make solar clocks, construct solar systems on strings, use spectroscopes, construct pinhole cameras and experiment with magnets.
Propulsion Basics It's Just Rocket Science: Journey into space and live a day in the life of a NASA astronaut. Experience how astronauts live and work in space, design a mission patch and plan a space meal. Learn about how NASA launches rockets into space and build your own rocket to be launched during the final day of class.
Remote Sensing Robots, Satellites and Much More: Go places you normally can't see with the wonderful world of remote sensing.
Dr. Ticktock and Pixel the Satellite will teach you about satellites and other objects that take pictures of the Earth every day. See how robotics and remote sensing are related and learn how robotics technology is found in our everyday life on Earth and even in places like Mars and beyond. Learn how NASA uses robotics and remote sensing, and have fun exploring the universe with technology.

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