Last week, a group of aspiring young astronauts went through a simulation of a space mission, looking for signs of extraterrestrial life in our Solar System. The children acted out a script based on NASA/JPL's deployment of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, and also the movie "Europa Report" for the landing on Europa. The children used the NASA's Eyes on the Solar System app for navigation.
The event was facilitated by TMT's Associate Project Manager, Dr. Ravinder Bhatia, and kindly hosted by the staff of Pasadena Library as part of its Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) series. "My hope was that acting out the roles would make the learning process more fun and more engaging for the children. This was also a nice way to integrate the performance arts into science and engineering", explained Dr. Bhatia.