8.5 MINUTES  – 510 SECONDS – is all it takes to travel into outer space according to Dr. Bernard Harris who made the trip twice over the course of his career. Dr. Harris is the first African American to enter the dark abyss and now the former astronaut is energizing students on the importance of math and science through his own summer science camp hosted by Temple’s college of Science and Technology. Last week Dr. Harris shared his first hand space experience with over 50 wide eyed middle schoolers full of questions. In addition to recounting his space adventures Dr. Harris also expressed the educational importance of math and science by saying, “There is no limit to what you can learn, around here the sky is the limit.” Dr. Harris also led the middle schoolers in a “Space Suit Challenge” where students competed in teams to create  a mock space suit out of ordinary household materials such as masking tape, paper plates, and aluminum foil. You can hear what space was like from Dr. Harris by watching the video below!


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