Teams from all over the world are adding steps to help NASA’s animated Astronaut Charlie walk to the Moon. Coach Shannon is having the students count their steps around the gym, as they take their laps in gym class, and Mrs. Lyons is sending the step count to NASA. Students from Nursery to Grade 6 are participating. The Kindergarten Students even made space helmets to wear during their Spacewalk to the Moon. The older students will be completing a math problem to determine the total number of steps taken by Team Mt. Alvernia. So far, we have added over 70,000 steps.
One person walking to the Moon would take 9 years. By adding steps from teams all over the world, NASA hopes to get Astronaut Charlie there a lot faster. The goal of the program is to get kids interested in space and to get kids walking!
Following is a link which helps to explain the program and an animation of Astronaut Charlie as he Walks to the Moon. The students have been watching his progress with their homeroom teachers and with Mrs. Lyons in Science Class.