Forest Lake Elementary Kids Helping NASA

8:09 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -The fourth and fifth graders at Forest Lake Elementary are now getting a chance to contribute to NASA experiments in the next rocket launch.

Forest Lake is one of just six schools chosen across the nation participating in NASA's Reduced Gravity Opportunity program

It gives kids, like fifth grader Gracie Louis, the chance of a lifetime as the students' experiments in science and data collection are being used to assist scientists.

Her teacher, Denise Duke, agrees. "[They] have the opportunity of hands on experiments," Duke said.

Ms. Duke and two other teachers went to the Johnson Space Center to deliver the experiments. They also got the chance to experiment in the simulated weightlessness of space in NASA's "vomit comet."

"It just kind of put the icing on the cake," Duke said about the experience of weightlessness.

But for the kids, Ms. Duke says the hands on experience the kids receive is what she believes is key to their learning.

"Hands on experience is great versus just reading and writing," Duke said.

And ultimately, it allows kids to dream.

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