ANSEP turns toward middle schools to build future scientists and engineers


Who knew science could be so entertaining?

The goal: Using everyday items to create a mock spacesuit material that survives micro-meteoroids hurtling through space.

The test: Dropping a small, sharp rod onto the "fabric" to simulate the deadly space grains.

The scientists: Dozens of mostly Alaska Native middle-school students, many with limited science experience.

The contest last week - too fun to be geeky - was part of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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