The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge recently debuted its new Mars Rocket Room, giving kids an interactive space travel experience. Donations from Y-12 and numerous hours of volunteer work from local citizens, including several Y-12ers, made the project possible.
“The Children’s Museum is a great asset for the community, and this project fits well with our endeavors to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Chris Clark of Y-12’s Mission Assurance organization, who also is a long-time museum board member. “The generosity of Y-12 employees and others to help turn a room at the museum into a great learning experience for kids is amazing. I can’t thank everyone enough for their time and efforts.”
Dennis Hough of Y-12’s Program Development helped create the room’s design, as well as travelling to the Huntsville Space Center in Alabama to receive a loan of models of a space shuttle and a rocket for exhibit.
The room, which mimics the Mars landscape, also includes a rocket complete with control boards with lights, buttons and a space-related game. A Mars Rover mock-up completes the scene.
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