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Local students get a hands on approach with Science

Local students get a hands on approach with Science
HAMPTON, Va. – Local elementary school students will get a unique hands-on science lesson thanks to a partnership between NASA’s Langley Research Center, the Hampton city schools and CinéBistro, an upscale dine-in movie theatre located in Peninsula Town Center.
More than 140 fourth and fifth graders from Kraft Elementary School – a school named after the NASA engineer who was America’s first human space mission flight director – are scheduled to be at CinéBistro in Hampton on Wednesday,  March 20, to learn more about Newton’s laws of motion. Their lesson will include not only how those laws, which form the basis for classical mechanics, apply to landing a rover safely on Mars, but also how they can apply to recreational activities such as bowling.
“A Mars Science Laboratory engineer from NASA Langley will be broadcast on the big screen in one of the movie theatres, through a connection with NASA Education’s Digital Learning Network,” saidBonnie Murray, NASA Langley education specialist. “David Way was the lead of the local team that helped guide the rover through entry, descent and landing. He will help teach students how angles, geometry and Newton’s laws of motion play a role in sending spacecraft to other planets.”
But what part does bowling play? That’s the interactive, hands-on part of the lesson. Digital Learning Network cameras will be positioned in CinéBistro’s bowling alley area. Three students will take turns bowling while the group in the theatre watches and takes note of their performance. A more experienced bowler will then take over the lane, so the entire group of 4th and 5th graders can assess the difference between the amateurs and a professional.
The student bowlers will join their classmates in the theatre and NASA educators will guide all of them through a lesson about the principles of Newton’s Laws and angles in geometry. The professional bowler will explain how those principles make a difference in increasing the chances of getting a “strike,” and the NASA engineer will reinforce the concepts with the out-of-this-world example of a rover landing on Mars.
Following the presentations, the student bowlers will return to the bowling alley and have the chance to apply what they learned. The goal is to show how learning more about angles and laws of motion can impact our lives or at least, in this instance, bowling abilities.
The lessons are designed to reinforce some of what the students are learning in their classrooms.
For additional information about NASA Langley, please visitwww.nasa.gov/langley.
For more information about NASA’s Digital Learning Network visitwww.dln.nasa.gov.