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Posted On: 23 Feb

Astronomy: Did you know how NASA names their Mars Rovers??


This artist’s rendition depicts NASA’s Mars 2020 rover studying its surroundings. Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July or August 2020 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has a class assignment for corporations, nonprofits and educational organizations involved in science and space exploration: partner with the agency to inspire future engineers and scientists by sponsoring a contest to name the next rover to venture to the Red Planet.

The contest will allow U.S. students in grades K-12 to propose a name for NASA’s next Mars rover (currently being built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California) and write an essay about their choice. The partner will work with NASA to conduct the contest during the 2019 academic year.

Click here to learn more about the Mars Rover 2020.

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Posted On: 22 Feb

Stough Magnet Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week

“Stough

GRADE: 1st
PROGRAM: Astro Adventure
Scientist: Yani

Stough Elementary was by far one of the most welcoming schools I’ve been to. The teachers and staff were all so nice. The school was well decorated and highlighted diversity. This was my first time ever being in a Chinese immersion school. It was amazing to be in a class where the teacher and her assistant spoke predominantly Chinese with the students. When it was my turn to teach the kids were well engaged and loved learning about space. At the end of the program they Thanked me in Chinese. That day was also their 100th day of school so the classes were celebrating. My last class of the day got to make a 100th day of school snack. I walked in just in time to watch them make it before it was time for the program to begin. All the teachers seemed to be impressed with experiments especially when we made the constellation projectors for the kids to take home. I think they liked them as much as the kids did. Over all it was a great day at a great school.

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