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Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area gives students glimpse at life on Mars

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, 11:15 a.m.
Fox Chapel Area High School student Mona Gerges simulates a walk on the planet Mars at the Heinz History Center.
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Fox Chapel Area High School student Mona Gerges simulates a walk on the planet Mars at the Heinz History Center.

Students from Fox Chapel Area High School and Shady Side Academy got a glimpse at life on Mars, thanks to help from the local Rotary club.

Fifteen students attended the 48 th annual World Affairs Institute for student leaders Nov. 30 at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The topic was “Exploring the New Space Age.”

Their visit was paid for by the Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area.

They were among 250 students from across the region who heard lectures and visited the History Center’s space exhibit where they helped develop a plan to govern a future colony on Mars.

Speakers included Laura Delgado Lopez, editor-in-chief of Space Policy Journal; Jan Osburg, senior engineer at the RAND Corporation; John Thornton, chief executive officer of Astrobotic and Justine Kasznica of Babst Calland.

Mike Fincke, a NASA astronaut from Pittsburgh, gave a video address to the students.

Those attending from Fox Chapel High were Elizabeth Crookston, Diana Crookston, Cara Felman, Margaret Fletcher, Mona Gerges, Anna Jablonowski, Connor McAtee, Brian Mulhern, Ameya Velankar and Ethan Werner.

Representing Shady Side Academy were Albert Hoe, Leo Liu, Walter Navid, Matteo Secomandi and Giridhar Viswanathan.

Teachers Lisa Gibson and Kyle Smith accompanied the students.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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