Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition encouraging students to “train like an astronaut.”
The six week challenge which runs from January-March 2014, uses the excitement of space exploration and astronaut training to challenge, inspire, and educate kids to set physical fitness goals and to practice physical fitness and proper nutrition.
Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut physical activities are modelled after the real-life training that astronauts do to prepare for exploring space. The activities were developed collaboratively with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), scientists, and fitness professionals who work directly with astronauts.
This has been designed for 8-12 year olds, however the challenge is for anyone and everyone who is curious about space exploration and what it takes to be an astronaut.
How can I take part?
Registration for Northern Ireland schools has been extended until the end of December 2013. The project is completely free. All you need to do is complete a partnership agreement available here or alternatively contact Martina Redpath (email Martina(at)armaghplanet.com ) for more information and a guide to the activities.
For further information or for handy lesson plans check out the NASA Mission X website (http://trainlikeanastronaut.org/)
(Article by Martina Redpath, Education Support Officer)