Local kids participate in ‘Life on Mars’ simulation

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A thousand local fifth graders got to simulate life on Mars. 

Friday morning, students from 39 schools gathered at the Convention Center to participate in a large scale “Life on Mars” simulation. 

They’ve spent weeks studying the red planet, researching engineering techniques and planning their very own life support systems. 

“It’s really important to get kids understanding how to apply science and math. Most of our future jobs are going to require those types of skills, and if students have an understanding of how those things work, for me they’re more likely to participate in the classroom,” said Ronda Cole, Air Force Research Laboratory. 

Habitats were presented to professional scientists and engineers for scoring. 

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