Hall of Fame teams with NASA

Imagine Mars one-day workshop set for Nov. 7

October 5, 2009

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has its sights set on Mars. And its plans just might include bats, gloves and balls -- if some Central New York students have anything to say about it.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in conjunction with NASA, will host an Imagine Mars workshop Nov. 7 in Cooperstown. Students in fourth through seventh grade in area schools will work to create a Baseball Stadium experience on Mars, including uniforms, stadium concepts, concessions and rules of the game. Taking information they learn about the Martian environment and the facts they learn about baseball, students will work together to devise a way baseball can be played on Mars.

Students will work in small groups with facilitators and use general art materials to create their project. Special NASA guests, including Mars scientist Jim Bell from Cornell University, will be on hand throughout the workshop. During the final hour of the workshop, parents and family members will be invited to attend the final presentation in the Museum's Bullpen Theater.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. Cost is $5 per student, which covers materials, supplies and admission to the Museum.

The workshop is limited to 50 participants. To register, visit http://education.baseballhalloffame.org/something_new/ or call 607-547-0362 to request a registration form.

The Imagine Mars project is a national arts, sciences and technology education initiative that leads students to work together with scientists, engineers, artists and civic leaders to design and share a futuristic Mars community. Students explore their home community and decide what cultural, scientific and artistic elements are important to a community's success. They discover the extreme Martian environment and imagine what life might be like on the red planet. Finally, they create a project that artistically reflects their knowledge of Mars, their understanding of community and their hopes for the future. Students share their finished project by posting it in an online gallery.

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