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Education: Cosmic Sciences

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The Cosmic Sciences program for students in Grades 3 to 6, is designed to teach them about the main principles of space science.

Once the students arrive, they are divided into groups of five or six; each group is led by a Spacesim member. The groups circle around various stations, each about a different aspect of space or space exploration:

Rockets: Students are given a presentation on the origins of rocketry, its usefulness, and its future. An informal presentation is also made on the shuttle program, its effect on space research and exploration, and space-related technologies. Models and hands-on activities are also conducted to enhance the learning experience.

Habitat: The students are shown around given a tour of Spacesim's habitat, the Hawking. After the tour, they have the chance to work at numerous stations set up inside. Each station presents activities similar to those of a real astronaut, such as communicating with Mission Control or performing a biomedical experiment.

Mission Control: Similar to their visit to the Hawking, the students are given a tour of the Mission Control area. Afterwards, they are given time to try out the equipment. For example, they can talk with the students in the habitat via a modem or headsets, or they can explore, through computer activities, the surface of the planets.

Newton's Laws: Students are introduced to Newton's three laws of motion, the foundation of physics as we know it. The laws are explained using amusing examples and demonstrated by the students themselves.

Electrostatics: The students are given an introduction to basic electromagnetic principles and theories, such as static electricity, the concept of electrons, and charges in objects, and how this science is relevent to their everyday lives, aswell as space travel

Planets: The students are given a tour of the solar system, similar to the one in Galactic tours. The students will get to participate in hands-on demonstrations, and presentations which will give them a basic knowlege of the Solar Bodies in our solar system.

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