Students get to meet astronaut Clayton Anderson

Posted at 11:28 AM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 17:54:49-04

A very lucky group of home school kids recently made a trip and got a teacher and an experience out of this world.

Cameron Newtown and Erik Nygren are with a group of half a dozen students who have been working for months programming moving parts of a LEGO project with a computer.

"Sometimes the parts, if you just top them they all go flip," Nygren said.

Through it all, they've learned stem skills-science, technology, engineering, and math.

"I think we're done, we might make some changes. We're pretty much done, basically," Newton said.

You'd think the LEGOs would be the cool part of school. That was just part of a special day. On a December Saturday, at the Air and Space museum, astronaut Clayton Anderson met with the kids to see the project. They had written to him to show him about it the project, but didn't know he'd actually  come to check it out.

"It inspires them to take up science, technology, engineering and math. I think thats one of the legacies I have as an astronaut is I can inspire these kids to follow in my footsteps someday," Anderson said.

Their idol, now their stand in teacher.

I thought he was going to be in a space suit, but he's in a blue suit!" Nygren said.

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