Third grade junior astronauts participated in a very unique science program called B.L.A.S.T., Building and Learning Around Science and Technology at the Buehler Challenge and Science Center in New Jersey. Teamwork was the theme as the students learned how astronauts live and work in space. Using a hands-on approach, the classes explored speed, motion, robotics and circuitry. Each child had the opportunity to operate a robotic arm to retrieve objects just as astronauts do in space. Before leaving the science center everyone walked into a space shuttle, buckled up and blasted off into “virtual” outer space. The commanders were so impressed with the children’s knowledge, curiosity and excellent participation.