World Space Week is the largest public space event on Earth. Over 80 countries have celebrated World Space Week in nearly 3,000 events to pay homage to the contributions of space science and technology. At Parkland Middle School, a series of special events and programs were hosted to pay homage to these space science contributions.
Students viewed a laser show in the morning. They were able to learn about the lasers, how they were invented, and their practical uses. Students and staff alike described the spectacle as very enjoyable.
Students also had the opportunity to hear scientists from NASA and other space programs speak about their jobs. The students at this Aerospace magnet school heard about an array of topics ranging from lunar modules and lunar missions to satellites and information transport.
The objective on the part of Parkland staff was not only to appreciate the vast contributions of the scientific community to the world, but to help students internalize what it means to be a scientist, what it looks like in real life, and how they can pursue their own scientific aspirations in the future.
Article by MoCo Student staff writer Sreelekha Chillanki of Richard Montgomery High School