On May 7, Lake Eola Charter School students launched a Mars landing simulation project, in the middle of Fashion Square Mall.

The 45-hour project is part of STEP; a two-year Space, Technology, and Engineering Program, that teaches students about space travel. Students are interpreting what a manned mission to Mars would play out as, with assigned roles and duties.

Students were assigned their roles following a rigorous job interview and essay-writing process. Four students will reside in a geo-dome, located next to Zales Jewelers and Jay Jewelers, for the entire experiment. They will send out robot scouts on regular missions and video-chat with their support team.

The project will end on May 9.

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