Astronaut visits elementary school in Fort Lauderdale for ‘Space Day’ – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (WSVN) – Engineers and an astronaut had the chance to educate Broward County students.

It was “Space Day” at Rock Island Elementary School on Friday.

The students discovered the final frontier thanks to Blue Origin employees and heard about a real astronaut.

“We are so excited to come here and share our story of our launch into space with all these kids. They are future astronauts and future space kids,” said Sharon Hagle, Founder of Spacekids Global.

Hagle was on a Blue Origin flight in March.

The students quizzed her and Blue Origin employees about space exploration and beyond.

“How do stars get to space?” asked a student.

“How do you build rockets? asked another student.

“How long does it take to go into space? said a third student

A Blue Origin test engineer was a former student from South Florida.

“I am a proud Broward County Public Schools graduate,” said Thais Lage.

The students also made postcards, which will fly off to space aboard a future Blue Origin flight.

Postcards will come back to earth as space souvenirs for children.

“I do a postcard with my sister running, playing, we have a park there,” said Naphtalie Civil.

“I have planets and people, buildings and the school,” said Jayvien Twensey.

Educators said they hope today’s event inspires students to pursue careers in space and STEM.

“We want them to be excited about different careers, different things, and we want to prepare them just for a new chapter, and anything is possible in Broward County,” said Broward County School Board member Daniel Foganholi. .

“To have the experience of a real astronaut here is amazing, so I anticipate that many of our scholars, especially our young girls, will consider STEM as a real career in the future,” said Cormic Priester, principal of Rock Island Elementary.

The event was broadcast live throughout the district, so students from all schools in Broward could create their own postcard in space.

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