BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - As part of one of their final projects of the year, Bronxville Middle School students shed their sneakers and backpacks for space suits as they took on mock missions at the Challenger Learning Center.
Bronxville sixth-grade students took on the roles of astronauts, biologists, navigators and engineers during their final field trip to the Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Learning Center in Airmont.
During their stay, students were tasked with a series of hands-on simulations and mock space missions. Using their math, science and critical thinking skills, the teams solved multiple issues that may arise during a true mission in space.
According to science teacher Frank Viggiani, one team participated in Mission Control, where they performed daily missions from Phobos, which is one of the two Martian moons, to the surface of Marts during the year 2076.” Another team conducted research and navigated using a faux Mars Transport Vehicle.
In order to even participate in the faux missions, students filled out job applications, wrote persuasive cover letters explaining their worth and attached them to their resumes. This marks the 12th straight year that science teachers took their students on mock space missions at the Challenger Learning Center.
“Communication skills were critical because the ROV crew in Mission Control were instructing the ROV crew in the spacecraft how to build it via a headset and live video feed,” Vigianni added. “When one of my students was about to start the mission, he said that this one one of the most exciting moments of his life.”