Grant gives children a chance to study space

"Mission: Space Connection" will connect 30 Fort Hays State University students to space science information during a day-long workshop and connect parents to children through studying space science at home through an after-school program, scheduled to take place in the spring of 2006.

The $3,950 grant from Lunar and Planetary Institute South Central Organization of Researchers and Educators that provides the necessary funds for the program was made possible by the combined efforts of Dr. Paul Adams, Anschutz Professor of Education and professor of hysics, Dr. John Heinrichs, associate professor of geosciences, Dr. Germaine Taggart, associate professor of teacher education, and Melodie Bock, Cawker City graduate student.

During a workshop set to take place Jan.14, 2006, at FHSU, 30 undergraduate students in elementary and secondary education will gain the knowledge necessary to put together space science units, Taggart said. Units will include the history of space exploration, the science of data collection and analysis and designing a mission. Those units will be taught during an after-school program as part of an internship that is necessary for education students, she said.

The after-school program will partner FHSU with Hays USD 489 and will be open to K-5 students in the district.

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