Students Learn from Aspiring Mars Astronaut


A great article from the Peterborough Examiner about a great Science Inquiry I did with my class.

Students at a city elementary school got an out of this world message Thursday from a prospective astronaut aiming to be among the first humans to land on Mars.

About two dozen Grade 6 and 7s at St. Alphonsus School spent nearly a half an hour, via Skype, learning from University of Oxford graduate physicist Ryan MacDonald, who is among the final 100 shortlisted for a proposed mission to the red planet.

He’s also the last male mission hopeful from the United Kingdom in a group that submitted more than 40,000 applications from around the world. That figure was narrowed down to 1,000, then, further testing was done to determine the Mars 100.

The digital question and answer session was co-ordinated by teacher Mitch Champagne after MacDonald contacted him through social media. The prospective space traveller had seen Tweets about what they were learning in class – including Mars One.

Full text of the article can be found HERE.


About mitchchampagne

I am a husband of one, and a father of three. I am am elementary teacher for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland & Clarington Catholic District School Board and a part-time Faculty member at the School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University.
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