April 27, 2012
Using images from the spots indicated in the NASA photo the students were trying to determine which came first: A vast canyon or an outpouring of volcanoes.
In the process, they discovered how science works.
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Middle school students tackle Martian mystery — and learn to think like scientists
The “ah-ha” moment hung in the air. The NASA scientist posed it to seven Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) students who had spent months searching photos of Mars for clues in a planetary mystery: Which came first — the solar system’s longest, deepest canyon or a giant sprouting of volcanoes? They had just made a presentation steeped in frustration, with ample evidence to support either theory.