Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Igniting interest in educators and students: Focus on Mars Pathfinder



High-tech subjects such as space exploration and spacecraft design seem light years away from student's everyday lives. Lack of resources, lack of technology, and sometimes lack of vision of what the future might hold can be formidable obstacles to overcome when we attempt to expand our student's horizons beyond Earth. As a participant in the Mars Pathfinder Landing Site Workshop, I discovered the incredible benefits that a partnership between scientists, engineers, and educators can reap for our citizens of the future. Last September, in preparation for the July 1997 Pathfinder landing on Mars, I was one of thirteen educators who joined scientists and engineers in eastern Washington's Channeled Scabland.