Kids get out of this world science lesson ahead of 50th moon launch anniversary

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Fifty years after man took his first steps on the moon, kids are learning what it took to get there.

"There's a lot to it,” Jason Kucerik, a “mad scientist” with Mad Science of Greater Kansas City, said.

The children got a first-hand look at the science behind NASA’s Apollo 11 mission through fun, hands-on activities.

"This is all about stuff like getting to the moon, the distances we have to travel in order to get to the moon, and the area around the Earth and the moon also, like the solar system,” Kucerik said.

Children ages five through 12 learned about rockets, space travel, and of course — the moon.

Just because they’re on summer break, that doesn't mean they stop learning.

"It makes it a lot more fun and engaging to want to explore these things,” Kucerik said. “Where when you're reading it in a textbook, it can be, kind of, well, dry."

And dry, this day wasn't.

"When you see the fun side of things, it really draws you in and makes you ask the questions of why, and you want to learn more and more,” Kucerik said.

Tomorrow morning, CBS News will replay the original coverage of the Apollo 11 liftoff exactly fifty years later, around 8:20 a.m.

Tomorrow night, you'll see the prime-time special, "Man on the Moon," hosted by CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell.