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Porter Ridge students will become â€˜part of historyâ€™
As part of their focus on learning the language of science this semester, 6th through 12th grade students enrolled in Porter Ridge Middle and High School English as a Second Language classes have been studying the NASA Mars Missions.
Individual learners used the Internet to contact the aeronautics engineering team designing the robotic probe scheduled to blast off for Mars in 2010.
In response to their inquiries, the Mars Science Laboratory has encoded each student’s name on a microchip that will be carried by the mission rover to the planet’s surface.
When the spacecraft arrives on Mars in 2011, these names will be “planted” in the alien soil- and the class members will, as their NASA certificates state, become “a part of history!”
Written by: Debra L. Reed, Coordinator, English as a Second Language
Posted: Oct 09, 2009 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator