Hundreds of New Mexico fifth-graders went on a different sort of mission Friday.
The students spent weeks preparing for their simulated trip to the Red Planet. They presented launch plans and life support systems to scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Lab and created “habitats” for housing researchers on Mars.
“They get to try on different hats to say, ‘Hey, I might like to do this as a living,’ so that’s how STEM can really bring power into the classroom and really get kids excited about learning,” said Ronda Cole Harmon, Air Force Research Lab.
This is the 25th year the Air Force Research Lab has hosted the event.