Eastern Kentucky Program Connects Coal And Space Exploration

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

A new program shows kids how the coal industry and space exploration work together.

It is called “Mars Invasion: Coal Camp to Space Camp”.

Officials with the challenger learning center in Perry County say the new exhibit will educate young kids who may have dreams of space exploration.

A new program has young kids thinking outside the box and beyond planet Earth.

“Mars is a long way away we can't take the materials with us so everything to live on Mars has to be generated on Mars it has to be growing or it has to be mined,” says Bob Zik of TECO Coal.

Officials unveiled a new exhibit called “Mars Invasion: Coal Camp to Space Camp” at the Challenger Learning Center in Perry County. Officials say the program shows kids how coal mining skills can make it easier for mankind to extract natural resources from the red planet.

“It's going to be hard to take a lot of water up there so we have to see if there can be water up there if there is frozen water or water up there,” says Mahala Walker, who wants to explore Mars.

“A lot of the mining equipment now such as the continuous miner is robotics because the operator is not on the machine he is away from the machine.”

The young kids we talked to say they are eager to learn; some are eager to teach.

“They send the rovers on Mars and you got to get them back to the space shuttle,” says Anthony Hughes, who is getting ready for Mars.

“The reason that one will win is because the pins make the wheel and the axes go move faster”

“They can use the mining skills to help them found out water to find it and heat it.”

Officials say they hope many local schools across the region will take advantage of the new exhibit In Perry County.

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