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Forest Trail students take virtual mission to Mars

Forest Trail student Angel Woodward runs communications during simulated voyage Mars recently Challenger Learning Center. | Supplied Photo

Forest Trail student Angel Woodward runs communications during a simulated voyage to Mars recently at the Challenger Learning Center. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: February 7, 2013 6:01AM



Eighth-grade students at Forest Trail School in Park Forest recently participated in a simulated voyage to Mars and experienced some of the challenges that real life astronauts and scientists might encounter during a Mars mission.

Throughout the last several years, eighth-grade students at Forest Trail have visited the Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University’s Calumet campus to be involved in a hands-on, space-themed math experience.

During this year’s trip, half of the students were members of a virtual Mars mission replacement crew, while the other half were the crew members on Mars being replaced. Students also launched virtual probes to the two Martian moons.

Students took on the roles of engineers, scientists and mission control specialists during their simulated flight and replacement operation.

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