Houston middle school students create Mars landing mockups

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HOUSTON, TX – This isn’t just arts and crafts during summer camp. Middle school students are creating Mars landing simulators, and when was the last time a real astronaut released your mockup spaceship to make sure it properly landed on target and the crew survived?

Students from the Houston area are participating in the two-week, all-expenses paid ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at the University of Houston. Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. is the first African-American astronaut to perform a spacewalk. He founded and coordinates 20 programs like this all around the country.

“Knowledge is power” said Harris, “and STEM knowledge is even more power.”

With interactive, inquiry-based classes taught by university faculty and secondary teachers, students have the opportunity to learn new skills, test their ingenuity and start making great plans for the future.

Big dreams at work: that’s the fuel that will help us take off and go the distance.