Students learn connection between NASA and volcanoes

Twenty-eight eager students spent Saturday, Sept. 22 at El Progreso Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. learning about the connection between NASA and volcanoes.

At what was dubbed “NASA Empowerment Day 2,” Math Rocks! tutoring service owner Deyanira Salazar taught the students, who ranged in age from second- to fifth-grade, all about volcanoes.

“You don’t really think about that for NASA,” said Salazar. “But you study things about the Earth’s surface all the time with what they do.”

Students had the chance to put together a clay model of a volcano and have it erupt using baking soda and vinegar. After each time it erupted, students then added more clay to their models to show the accumulation of hardened lava.

They also had a chance to learn what the different classifications of volcanoes are, as well as names and locations of famous ones.

“It was very interactive; they were so excited to answer,” said Salazar.


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