The Challenger's challenge

2013-02-25T13:26:00Z 2013-02-25T13:50:20Z The Challenger's challengeBailey Arnold and Katie Reyna | Contributors nwitimes.com
February 25, 2013 1:26 pm  • 

HAMMOND | On Feb. 8-12, sixth graders from the Planets Community at Gavit Middle School and Gavit High School went to Purdue Calumet to go to the Challenger Learning Center. Everyone that attended said they had fun.

The middle schoolers went to the Challenger to complete the moon mission. Their job was to send a probe to the NASA Outer space Station and send a rocket to the moon. The teams that completed the mission were the following: Probe, Life Support, Remote, Isolation, Medical, Space Weather, Navigation, Communications, and the Press Team.

The brave and courageous teams faced problems like the astronauts in "Apollo 13" and real missions happening today. One problem was the humidity levels in the ship. If humidity levels are too low, static electricity can disrupt electronic equipment on the vessel that is important for the safety of the crew. Luckily, the Life Support team saved the day. But there were other problems too. Something went wrong with the probe, and how it was set up. The Probe team fearlessly and quickly fixed the problem and the mission continued without any more trouble.

To conclude the mission, the brave teams counted down from 10 to zero as they blasted onto the moon. If you ask any of the children who completed the mission, they would tell you, it was a blast.

Everyone agreed they learned a lot. They learned to use their math and science skills, and to get along with teammates. We also learned that you can not accomplish a lot of things alone; working on a team or with others is much easier and gets the job done quickly. Of course there would be arguments on whether to go with someone’s plan or to go with another person’s plan, but in the end it would be worth working in a team and you learn from your mistakes and what you could’ve done better. That’s alright though it’s part of life and everyone has to experience it.

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