March 7, 2019

The Mobile Earth + Space Observatory (MESO) is coming to Carbondale Middle School (CMS) March 11-15 to present an environmental education program on The Importance of Water, thanks to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. CMS is one of only five middle schools across Colorado selected to participate in this program.

MESO is a science center on wheels that will provide an assembly program for all students and inquiry-based classroom activities for the 8th grade classes. Students will interact with scientist educators from the National Space Science & Technology Institute (NSSTI) as they explore topics and engage in learning that augments the school’s curriculum on the water cycle, watersheds, water purification, and water conservation.

“The program is designed to reach students who might not otherwise have access to the scientists and scientific instrumentation provided by the MESO,” said Robert Sallee, Chairman of the NSSTI Board of Directors.

CMS science teacher Cora Carballeira played a large role in bringing the program to the school and is excited about the opportunity: “Students will interact with passionate scientists, use sophisticated science equipment, and be exposed to a variety of water-related professionals." Carballeira hopes that the MESO science week “inspires our students to be curious, protect their water resources, and pursue careers in science and engineering.”

CMS Assistant Principal Heather Fox expressed a similar sentiment about the opportunity: “We are looking forward to engaging students in hands-on activities that excite and encourage them to think deeply about water issues and expose them to a variety of water-related careers.”

The week will culminate in a Science Festival on March 14 from 6- 8pm for community members to experience highlights of the program presented to students during the week. Community organizations and local businesses are also participating in the festival that will provide an opportunity for participants to get their hands in the augmented reality sandbox, hang with Captain Cutthroat, cast a fly rod, test their skills with the trivia wheel, learn about boating safety, and much more. All ages and schools are welcome. This event is open to all. There will be food and prizes.


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