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Students from Three Continents Converge to Build a Future Mars Community
Course Offers Solution to National Issue

Release Date: June 13, 2016

What:

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Watch more than 180 students from three countries converge to build a thermal shield using a blow torch, design a Mars habitat, filter water and pack for a mission to Mars during a three-day international summit at Space Center Houston. The youth will learn about portable water solutions, renewable energy and the nutrition needed to develop a sustainable community on the red planet at the Mars Together Global Summit.

The summit is the culmination of a prestigious six-month U.S. Department of State grant that united Space Center Houston with two other science centers in France and Singapore in a collaborative global education project. The grant funded a future-looking six-month initiative focused on teaching youth about space science, technology and global citizenship.

Students from greater Houston have traveled to Singapore and Toulouse to meet their international partners and tour the science centers. Throughout the year, all the students have participated in space and science webinars and experienced a cross-cultural exchange. The project teaches students about Mars exploration and engages youth to think about a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The nonprofit Space Center Houston draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world to participate in its educational programs. To learn more, visit www.spacecenter.org.

Where:

Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058

When:

Wednesday, June 15, 9 a.m.-noon

Best photo ops:

  • See students maneuver a rover and collaborate to build a Mars habitat.
  • Watch youth build a thermal shield using a real egg, a marshmallow and liquid nitrogen, along with a blow torch.
  • See students filter and test water, plan and even pack for a mission to Mars.

Possible Interviews:

  • Students from Texas, Singapore and France
  • Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston director of education
  • Christophe Chaffardon, Cité de l’espace head of education
  • Su Rum Lim, Science Centre Singapore senior manager

Contact:

Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2139, mmoore@spacecenter.org

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with nearly 1 million visitors annually and a $73 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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