Students Introduced to Rovers and Drones Through Science Programs

Young minds are being given the opportunity to become familiar with rovers and drones and the benefits these provide, and learn more about environmental science and the engineering that go into the making of these autonomous crafts, through special science programs.

Students participating in programs at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center this fall will have an opportunity to learn more about science with the assistance of a remotely controlled boat developed by NASA. CBEC will be the first and only environmental center to introduce the Rover X-3 to its student programs. NASA engineers visited CBEC on April 17 to demonstrate the use of the Rover X-3, the third generation of a 40-inch craft equipped with sensors to measure dissolved oxygen, Ph levels, temperature, salinity and more. “NASA’s mission is to inspire the next generation,” Coronado said. “We are able to provide kids the cool tools to reel them in and get them excited about science.” Read more here

Tech Frontiers 2014 will offer two, one-week sessions providing participants the opportunity to learn abouet careers in environmental science or about projects that involve both engineering and science. Students will earn one hour of college credit for each session they attend.The second session, Amazing Projects: The Science That Shapes Our World, runs 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 14–18. Students will gain insight into the careers that contribuhte to projects like the Mars Rover and military drones. Experts from LANL who have worked on these projects will share their experiences while students collaborate on a project of their own. Read more here

Learning by doing is indeed an effective means to teach young people about the environment, and help develop in them the scientific skills and know-how to create the next generations of technologies to sustain the world.

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