Two lucky schools from each province and region were given a visit with the astronaut.
Among them were the Weleth Catholic School in Yellowknife and the Inuvik Robotics and Engineering Club, two winners for the federal government’s northwestern regions. Junior Astronaut Competition.
Before entering the draw for the big prize, classes or groups must complete any of the activities listed under the three possible streams on the competition website.
The campaign was set up to encourage students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Jeremy Hansen spoke with students at Wellide Catholic School in the morning, with schools spread across the Beaufort Delta and Sahu before jumping into another zoom call.
He first gave a presentation on life as an astronaut on Earth and in space. He then answered a number of questions from students: How do you train for a spacewalk, how does it feel to fly on a rocket and are there aliens.
He assured the students that he had not seen an alien UFO.
“To the best of my knowledge we are not visited by aliens today, but it is a vast universe, and we realize that we do not know what we are learning. So anything is possible,” Hansen said.
It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, including Grade 2 students Ember, Ashton and Helky at McKenzie Mountain School in NWT, Norman Wells.
“It was amazing,” Ashton said.
“I thought it was so cold … I didn’t know they had to put sleeping bags on the walls,” Ember said.
Helki was also inspired to follow in Hanson’s footsteps. “I’m going to try to be an astronaut,” he said.
Hansen told students that as the Canadian space agency is in the process of building a new spacecraft to go to the moon, future space-related work will come in the future and will eventually live on Mars.
“[Space is] It is changing rapidly and we need more people working on the space program, “he said, adding that this is more than just exploring space, but helping us” live better on this planet “.
Before leaving, he left the children with a final message.
“I tell you, if you set goals and you share them with others, you ‘will be held accountable … you will achieve everything you want to achieve,” he said, adding that adding failures will be part of the journey.
“You will fail like everyone else, but if you stick to those goals and you know what you are aiming for, you can all accomplish the amazing things you want to do.”