Middle school students learn about space

By Sam Gaddes

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 11:38 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sixth graders from Tioga County get exposed to the world of engineering and space exploration.

Wednesday was Space Day at Kopernik Observatory.

Co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Tioga County students rotated around four different stations at the observatory.

They learned about weather balloons, light waves on all spectrums, telescopes and finished with a model rocket demonstration.

The goal is to spark the students' curiosity.

"There are lots of different areas they can go into not just into the aero space defense industry, but also into the healthcare industry, other science and technology areas that are going to need those kids when they are at that age," said Ron Crawford, the senior manager at Lockheed Martin.

Space day takes place over a four-day period.

It all started Tuesday and runs until Friday.

After all is said and done, more than 600 students will have participated in space day.