A live stream on Wednesday will take people on a virtual field trip to Mars.
Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am’s i.am.angel foundation, Discovery Education and NASA have joined forces to create Journey to the Extreme: Your VIP Pass to Mars, which begins today at 1 p.m. ET. and is intended for — but not limited to — students and teachers.
“During this one-of-a-kind live-stream event, students will hear first-hand how the science and math they learn in school everyday fuels the amazing work that happens at NASA — from living in the International Space Station to landing a rover vehicle on Mars,” Lori McFarling of Discovery Education tells Mashable.
The event is part of i.am.STEAM, a five-year project aiming to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Participants will learn about the technology behind the Mars Curiosity Rover, which earned a TIME Person of the Year nomination, and about what happened in the control room when Curiosity was en route to Mars.
They will also meet Dave Lavery, NASA’s program executive for Solar System Exploration and the Curiosity mission, and Leland Melvin, an astronaut and NASA’s associate administrator for Education.
One participating classroom will be chosen for an intimate video chat with will.i.am.
“The virtual field trip initiative is about his commitment to create opportunities that transport young people beyond the classroom walls so they can interact with today’s innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists,” Justin Paschal, i.am.angel Foundation executive director, tells Mashable. “By hearing directly from leaders and experts, students can see STEAM skills in action, and widen their horizons about career path ideas.”