Astronaut visits local school for Space in the Community program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Harris Corporation paired up with The Space Foundation to visit local schools this week.

Wednesday morning, the students at McAuliffe Elementary School took part in Space in the Community, a program designed to guide students toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related career paths. 

Students started the morning with a classroom presentation about the planets. That was followed up with a group activity involving bubble blowing. Elias Molen, Manager of Education for The Space Foundation said children are often kinesthetic learners, so hands on activities help students to visually understand some of the scientific concepts of space. The activity was followed by a presentation from former astronaut and space shuttle pilot, Duane Carey. 

Molen said, "There's a deficiency in the number of kids that are pursuing science careers and we really want to help that. We feel that science, technology, engineering and math really gives back to the community through technology, through industry, through the economy.... So we really want to bring these kids up to be excited about a possible career in that area."

The program will reach thousands of students in the Colorado Springs area. Carey shared the why behind his involvement in the program, "The reason my wife and I do this is because its just so much darn fun. Hanging out with the kids and seeing the excitement in their eyes as we share the joy of space flight and sharing with them some of the secrets of what they need to do to get themselves prepared for these types of great adventures in the future." 

The Space in the Community presentations will continue at different area schools through Saturday, March 3. 

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