Future scientists take first voyage thanks to NASA grant

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Future scientists took their first journey into the Milky Way galaxy when they participated in the Jump to Jupiter event on Saturday. The event was to help Texoma children get interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs.

The event was part of the library's STEM program which is funded by a $3,500 NASA grant, NASA at my Library. The Wichita Falls Public Library is one of 75 libraries across the country to receive the grant.

The children learned how far each planet in our solar system is from each other and from the sun. They used their legs and brains to measure.

"Saturn is one billion miles away [from Earth] and Jupiter is closer than that," Susan Cooper, Wichita Falls Public Library librarian, said.

"I was in shock for a second," Molly Aldridge, nine, said. "I was like 'wow!' really?'"

The event was a way for the children to have while learning.

"We will be talking about this for quite some time and obviously the kids would have learned something," David Aldridge said. "They will be able to bring this up sometime when they need it in school."

Librarians were excited by how man kids were eager to learn.

"Especially in the summer for them to come and want to learn about science and space on a Saturday when it is already 90 degrees outside," Cooper said.

The heat did not stop the children from making their first voyage to the final frontier.

"I love space like there is no knowing what might be out there so I want to learn more," Molly said. "I want to be the next generation [scientist]."

The Wichita Falls Public Library is planning to hold more STEM events later this year. You can find the schedule of events here.