ISU Extension Buena Vista County, 4-11 and Youth Programs and 50 Storm Lake 4th grade students will take the "Space Science Challenge" on today. ISU Extension staff will explore with students the impact of new food designs due to the NASA space program, astronaut -inspired nutrition lessons, and will make special food trays for astronauts in micro-gravity.
ISU Extension is collaborating with the Iowa Space Grant Consortium to recognize the contribution that space science and technology makes to the human condition. Space Science Week, October 4-10, marks key milestones in space:
October 4, 1957 was the launch date of Sputnik I, the first human-made Earth satellite. The first international space treaty, the Outer Space Treaty, went into effect on October 10,1967.
* Students will be making pudding in a Space Glove Box.
* Students will compare eating in microgravity to a meal on earth. The 4th graders will observe Astronauts eating while they float. A specially designed food tray is strapped to their legs or to the wall. Students will learn how foods are freeze-dried and rehydrated in space. They'll get to try special food products are available today because of the U.S. Space program.
The October 7th program is part of ISU Extension Buena Vista County's 4-H and Youth Program and P.I.E. partner for Mrs. Huntzicker and Mrs. McCabe's Storm Lake 4th grade classes. The presenters will be Area Youth Field Specialist, Carol H. Ehlers and Buena Vista County Youth Coordinator, Melissa Fahr.