This is such a feel good story about the resolve of the human spirit and the ability for all, regardless of race, creed, color or national origin to work together as one. The strength of 33 being fueled by the will of millions all over the world. They knew the risk but providing for their families reign supreme.
“Fresh air and freedom were just hours away Tuesday for the first of 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground for 69 days, men whose endurance and unity captivated the world as the Chilean government meticulously prepared their rescue.” “No one in the history of mining has been trapped so long and survived.” “The first miner was expected to be lifted to the surface late Tuesday in a custom-made capsule.” “Each ride up is expected to take about 20 minutes, and authorities expect they will be able to haul up roughly one miner an hour.” “The rescue of the last miner will end a national crisis that began when a cave-in sealed off the gold and copper mine Aug. 5.” “Rescuers finished reinforcing the top of the 2,041-foot (622-meter) escape shaft early Monday, and the 13-foot (four-meter) tall capsule descended flawlessly in test runs. The white, blue and red capsule – the biggest of three built by Chilean navy engineers – was named Phoenix I for the mythical bird that rises from ashes.”
“Engineers inserted steel piping at the top of the shaft.” (Warren, Michael, 10/12/2010, Associated Press, Chile choreographs dramatic finish to rescue saga, Retrieved from email@example.com).
It has been reported that thousands of scientist and engineers have come together from all points of the globe to construct and put together a plan to bring those 33 home alive if at all humanly possible. The need for the study of science and engineering in school should be seen now as essential because as those who aided in this disaster age, who will step in and take their place? Many school districts will look to physical education, the arts, science and technology to be the first cuts in a tight budget crisis because it is believed that those subjects may not be as essential as others. Now should be the time that this belief receives a little more thought. Science and engineering allow all of us an opportunity to better our lives and can affect millions both directly and indirectly, imagine if those scientist and engineers had been unavailable to those 33.