Students learn about researching life on other planets

Kids from the McKinley Community School in New Brunswick were back in class after hours getting into existential topics — like where did life on Earth begin, and could it possibly exist elsewhere?

Rutgers scientists with the NASA-funded Enigma Project were at the school to share scientific discoveries and research with students. ENIGMA stands for Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors, which is a really long name to describe how researchers are studying life in the universe.

As part of the project, researchers perform science outreach for Kindergarten through eighth graders to hopefully inspire the next round of scientists.