NASA gives 7th graders
sense of life in space
Cougar News Services
'N Sync's Lance Bass isn't the only teeny-bopper
with an eye toward space.
A group of 7th graders from the Knowledge
is Power Program Academy will gain first-hand knowledge about life in space
as part of "How to
Keep Your Groove On in Space" on Friday
at the Texas Learning and Computation Center in Philip Guthrie Hoffman
The students will use candy to build an
edible space station, try to navigate through a maze wearing inverted goggles
that make things appear
to be upside down; throw balls at a target
while wearing field-of-vision-altering goggles; and view a demonstration
of a vest that monitors
electrical signals from muscles.
The event will feature presentations from
the Universities Space Research Association's Division of Space Life Sciences,
Neuroscience Lab and the UH Department
of Health and Human Performance.
Exhibits will include features on nutrition
in space, "space food," how muscles and the nervous system are affected
in low gravity and the
training that goes into adapting to life
"There are lots of fun things for the kids
to try, and really get a feel for what life in space is like for astronauts,"
said Charles Layne, organizer of
the event and associate professor in the
department of health and human performance.
The event begins at noon and lasts through