Lucas Layton and Jason Mantossian from the Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena CA were introduced. Joe Spence, from the NASA GSFC Academy was also introduced. They will give a student's perspective. Scientists Mark Lupisella, NASA Lead Ground System Engineer and Chris McKay, NASA Ames Research Scientist were also on the panel Roald Z. Sagdeev, Director of the East West Space Sciences Center, U. Of MD. Will give an international perspective on Mars exploration.
Lucas Layton: Recently graduated from high school (English major) . Read his reaction to the Mars Symposium.
Jason Mattossian: "The gap between Humanities and Sciences is too large. It is important to get different philosophies on all the issues. NASA is trying to educate young children but we must educate the masses in order to get support."
Q&A: Bonnie Bracey:" How do we change policy? Don't school districts know that maybe NASA can write better curriculum?"
Joseph Spence: " When we think about a vision there are two aspects-internal and external. We need to free the human spirit. My generation will be faced with formulating a vision. We must be moving forward or we will decay.
Mark Lupisella: " My perspective on Mars is a little different. Inspiration is natures way of securing the future. What does it lead to?
"What do we do if we find life on Mars? Would the life forms have rights? We need to make policies now and have dialogue about these issues. "
Q: As the panelists have embarked on their careers have they considered the engineers and scientists?
Jason: If your school doesn't have a strong math program, how can we have more scientists . It all goes back to education.
James: We are going to have to be able to communicate. That's where I'm coming from.
James: The love for learning needs to be instilled. Children are naturally inquisitive....Sometimes students can be drilled so hard that the love for learning goes right out of you...
Oh...weeds will grow on Mars, eventually!!"
YES! (From audience member)
Q: Are Russian students motivated by space exploration?
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