32nd Space Symposium gets kids thinking about their future

32nd Space Symposium at the Broadmoor/Christina Dawidowicz FOX21
32nd Space Symposium at the Broadmoor/Christina Dawidowicz FOX21

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With more than 50 countries represented at the 32nd annual Space Symposium, kids had a lot to learn from.

“Every single time they have new things that you can learn about. And it’s surprising that they have new things every single time, but they do,” said 12-year-old Joshua Wood.

The last day of the event is known as kids and family day. For those who homeschool, it’s a day out.

“It would be a considered a field trip for us. We’re out for the day learning about something that I can’t necessarily thoroughly explain to them and answer all their questions,” said Jessie Braszko, a mother of four kids.

For some kids, the space symposium helps guide them into careers they want to pursue.

“Maybe be in cyber defense?” said 10-year-old Riley Batura.

“I personally want to be a fighter pilot when I grow up, so all this stuff helps me get in the mindset of things that will be there and all the cool stuff that will come with the job,” said 13-year-old Cole Prater.

From rockets and astronaut suits, every stop serves a purpose.

“The fact that we can shoot rockets into space and now have them blow up is awesome,” said 13-year-old Max Duncan.

“You’re just constantly learning,” Wood said.

1,200 organizations were at this year’s Space Symposium. Planning has already started for both next year and 2018.

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