A group of students that set their sights on the moon will take to the skies once again.
The Browning Middle School Moon Dancers are headed to a NASA facility in California after taking part in a nationwide science contest in Helena last week.
The ‘Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge’ aimed to get young engineers thinking about challenges surrounding the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The Montana Learning Center was one of 14 institutions around the U.S. to host the event.
Students created a replica lunar lander and rover Saturday.
The Moon Dancers won a trip to Pasadena, where the group will tour a facility that creates rovers.
The team’s coach, Mistyne Hall, said they had never done a project like this and were ecstatic to learn they were recognized after months of hard work.
“It was so confidence boosting for all of them,” she said. “Considering all the stuff they went through and the dedication and they didn’t do as well as expected and some technical difficulties and stuff not working the night before. Just blown away.”
Hall added the students are now eager to teach others so they can continue competing in science competitions.
The group embarks on August 11-14. To learn more, visit their Facebook page.