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Press Release 93-24
Mary Ann Peto
(Bus: 216/433-2902)

Luanne Bole-Becker
Challenger Center
(Bus: 216/228-5015)

Students Build Life-Size Martian Colony at NASA Lewis Research Center

Cleveland, OH -- On Saturday, May 8, 1993, the NASA Lewis Research Center will become a beehive of activity with approximately 300 students busily constructing 8-feet tall inflatable habitats. These habitats become a cosmic village known as "Marsville." The 5th through 8th grade students are from 22 schools in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake and Summit counties.

"Not only is this a great educational opportunity for students from different schools and areas to work together, we all have a lot of fun doing it," said Dr. R. Lynn Bondurant, chief of the Office of Educational Programs at Lewis.

An educational program, "Marsville--The Cosmic Village," was developed by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. The project helps students develop problem solving and communications skills, and gives them an opportunity to learn how to work together as a team. After months of classroom research and inter-school communications, the students will all meet to build their habitats, share the results of their months of environmental research with each other and view the other teams' life support system models.

According to Dick Methia, vice president of Educational Programs at the Challenger Center, "Marsville is a unique opportunity for students of different ages, abilities and schools to work side by side in solving real environmental and technological problems."

Marsville was launched in January when teams from 22 schools accepted the challenge to research and design solutions that will be integrated into specific life-support problems. Their inflatable Martian habitats will include communications, recreation, recycling and transportation systems. In designing systems, teams must consider the amount of space available in the habitat for their systems, the need for entertainment on Mars and what will need to be transported on Mars in different situations.

Another Marsville highlight is the "Celestial Questial," four-minute presentations by students describing the scientific basis of each of their systems.

Challenger Center uses space as a theme to excite children about learning science, math and technology. Through Challenger Center educational programs, students learn about the impact of technology on their futures and therefore are inspired to pursue science, math and technology studies. Challenger Center is the living memorial to the Challenger crew.

The project is coordinated by Laurie Enia, science specialist from the Lorain City Schools, Challenger Center staffer Luanne Bole- Becker and Dr. R. Lynn Bondurant. This is the second year that the nationwide Marsville project has been sponsored regionally by the NASA Lewis Research Center, which is the only NASA field center to host a Marsville "Link-Up" on-site.

Schools participating in this unique project are:

School Name City
Aurora Intermediate School Bedford Hts.
Big Creek Elementary Middleburg Hts.
Brady Middle School Pepper Pike
Clara E. Westropp School Cleveland
Cuyahoga Heights Elementary Cuyahoga Heights
Dodge Middle School Twinsburg
Eastwood School Warrensville Hts.
Ely School Elyria
Garrett Morgan School of Science Cleveland
Kensington Intermediate School Rocky River
Kirk Middle School East Cleveland
Larkmoor Elementary Lorain
Metro Catholic Parish Cleveland
Noble Elementary Cleveland
Orchard Hollow School Mentor
Roxboro Middle School Cleveland Hts./University Hts.
St. Bernadette Westlake
St. Patrick-WP Cleveland
Wickliffe Middle School Wickliffe
Wilcox Elementary North Ridgeville
Windsor School Elyria

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NOTE: Agenda Below

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Saturday, May 8, 1993

NASA Lewis Research Center Hangar

Cleveland, Ohio

Guide to Day's Activities

9:00 - 9:15 Team Registration

9:15 - 9:45 Welcome

9:45 - 11:15 Habitat and Tunnel On-Site Construction

Lunch Weigh-in

Uniform Check-in

Group Photos

11:15 - 11:45 Lunch in Marsville Habitats

11:45 - 12:45 Celestial Questial

12:45 - 1:15 Tally of Team Scores

Inter-Habitat Tunnel Hook-up


Presentation of Mementos

1:15 - 1:45 Walkthrough *

1:45 - 2:00 Clean Up and Flight Departure for Earth

* Throughout the day, visitors will be permitted to walk around outside the "construction area" and view the work in progress. However, during the walkthrough activity, visitors will be given the opportunity to join their teams and enter into the completed "village" to view the student-made systems and habitats.


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