(Olive Branch, MS) Joshua Wright sat mesmerized as he learned new things about his favorite subject.
”…About space. What do I like about it? That you get to go to the moon.”
This wasn’t quite a trip to the moon, but more like a trip to the space station.
And like every trip, this one starts with blast-off.
”We are going to learn about space exploration,” said two puppets in a shuttle-like stage in the Overpark Elementary hallway.
Teachers Kelly Cook and Michelle Kinggard came up with the idea of learning by transforming their classroom into a space station.
”You never know what you’re going to find in our classroom. Last year we had the rainforest. This year we have outer space,” said Kinggard.
Students traveled from one work station to another to learn different lessons from fellow students.
”They have to become mission specialists in their area and they have to share that information with the kindergarten and first graders,” said the spotlight teacher
Sharing what you've learned takes lots of study.
”We learned a lot of different stuff about space, what rockets they use and what they do in space,” said student mission specialist Zoe Durand.
It also takes creative ways to teach those lessons.
”When we’re talking about orbiting, we walk around the table to show orbiting means going around,” said student mission specialist Landon Bello.
The goal is to make students feel like they’ve been in orbit.
Students even get to learn about food in space.
Other stations featured star charts, robots, and even planets.
How do teachers plan to top this?
”You can expect something just as spectacular from this group next year,” said Kinggard.
But if you ask young Joshua Wright, this trip's hard to top.
”I hope to grow up and go to space, Yes."
After this, he’s much better prepared for the trip.