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Mars Mission at Creekwood Middle School

Seventh grade science students in Gregg Hensley’s class at Creekwood Middle School are learning firsthand what it might be like to live in space. Seven boys and seven girls, nominated by their teachers and classmates, slept inside the school in a man-made spaceship for 60 hours beginning May 15 to simulate being on a Mission to Mars. They performed experiments, blogged, and interacted by Skype with other science classes. They will emerge from their Mars pods at 6 a.m. May 18. “One of our seventh grade science TEKS covers space travel and its limitations and constraints” Hensley said. “Thanks to a grant funded by the Humble ISD Education Foundation, these fourteen students are getting an experience they will never forget, all while teaching other students about the physical and psychological limitations of space travel.”

The students came out of their pods one time to do a simulated space walk and spent over an hour on campus going on a spider hunt, exploring a drainage ditch and star gazing.  “My dream is to have middle school science students raise awareness on the importance of America’s leadership in the space program, Hensley said. “Ultimately, I want something from CMS to be on board our next mission to Mars!”

Gregg Hensley has been teaching seventh grade science at CMS for over six years and was the Humble ISD teacher chosen, in 2015, to participate in the Jason National Argonaut Program in the Bahamas.

The fourteen students chosen to participate in the CMS Mars Mission are Avanish Agrawal, Kaylee Corbin, Victoria Golden, Garret Gowen, Andrea Habiba, Cindy Le, Bethany Moffett, Rico Morales, Isaac Nunez, John O'Hern, Justin Pierce, Katie Sammon, William Van Dyke, and Lilly Van Meter.

Read their
Mars Mission Blog for more information on this experience.