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One in a Million: Movies, Marshmallows and Mars

ExpandED Schools

We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Chloe, a 6th grader in Brooklyn. She’s 1 in a million! 

"When I grow up I want to be a scientist or engineer because we saw Hidden Figures and it showed how women were working together to help John Glenn orbit space. Seeing that movie made me want to be the women doing all the math and engineering. I want to work for NASA and apply the knowledge I’ve learned here. It would be easier for me now because the separation of people has changed. We are okay with each other. We can work together and be even better.

In science class, we made landers for a drop test. We had to keep a cup on top of our landers. Marshmallows were the astronauts and if they bounced out, it meant our design wasn’t well thought out. If the marshmallows stayed in, our design was good. When astronauts come back to earth, they have to go through the atmosphere and sometimes it gets really hot and they can burn.

I want people to go into space more often. No one has been to the moon in more than 50 years. I want to change that so that every few years someone can go into space. We can discover how we can live on Mars. With global warming, it’s getting much hotter and we might have to find an alternative planet to live on, and Mars is one option because it’s the most similar to Earth. We need to see it for real for ourselves, and not just through a robot’s eyes."



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