Some students at Wausau West got to practice their astronaut skills today by launching miniature rockets. The rocket launching is part of a summer program. Students learn about measuring wind's direction and speed to determine how far the rocket will fly. On Friday all the participants will compete to launch their own rockets closest to a target for a cash prize.
"Research shows that if we can get these particular kids engaged, with science, technology, engineering, there's a pretty high likelihood that they will become mathematicians, Ph. D's, engineers, later on," said Chris Janssen, Wausau school district planetarium director.
The students also got to watch a film about space in the Wausau West Planetarium. A grant was supplied by NASA to fund the program. Educators say after school starts, they'll present lessons about space every Sunday at the planetarium. You can learn more about that on www.wausauspace.org.