Moon Base Mining MakerSpace Project

Moon Base Mining MakerSpace has Launched!
Posted on 10/11/2017
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A seven-week Moon Base Mining Operation MakerSpace program has launched here at Salem Central. New and returning students in grades five and six join together to learn about space exploration and moon based mining operations.

This program is led by two retired teachers from Salem Central School District along with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Salem Courthouse Community Center.

The Moon Based Mining Operations Program takes place on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Salem Courthouse Community Center through November first.

Throughout the seven-week program, students investigate, design, and document specific equipment and facilities needed to carry out a mock mining operation on the moon. They also learn about electrons, simple parallel and series circuits, electromagnets, motors, generators, gear ratios, and facts about the moon.

“Leading week one activities were Phil Mitchell, Kay Russell, Judy Bardin, and my brother, Peter Duveen,” said Retired Salem CSD Physics Teacher Charlie Duveen, who leads the Moon Base Mining Operation MakerSpace Program with Retired Salem CSD English Teacher Judy Bardin. “We introduced the equation for spherical volume, and many (students) tackled that formula like it was just another day in math. They were unfazed by cubing the radius, which they had just calculated from their circumference measurement. We have quite the group!”

“I really like how nice everyone is,” said Magnolia Hope, a student here at Salem CSD. “My favorite part of the program is that my friend, Eden, is in the group. On the first day, we drew atoms together and learned about the earth and the moon.”

Hope wants to be a scientist one day, and she enjoys having the opportunity to explore the math and science world.

“Salem Central School District is excited to offer this opportunity to students, and we are grateful to have members of the community help our students grow and explore,” said Salem Central School District Superintendent David Glover.

Learn more: http://salemcourthouse.org/programs/moon-based-mining-operation/


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