ALBUQUERQUE — More than 1,200 fifth-graders participated in one of New Mexico’s most exciting STEM events last week, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Mission to Mars.
Students from 37 New Mexico schools had the chance Friday to experience life on the Red Planet, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Participating students spent months in the classroom learning about Mars and put their knowledge to use in this large-scale simulation. Teams of students worked together to build 89 habitats, various life support systems, and gave technical briefings about those systems to AFRL scientists and engineers.
Mission to Mars is a part of AFRL New Mexico’s Education Outreach program, which provides education to students in grades 5-12 throughout the state. Mission to Mars is one of AFRL STEM Outreach’s longest-running and most popular programs. In the past 25 years, more than 19,000 students have participated in this annual event to simulate building life on Mars.