Thirty students from Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology had out-of-this-world experiences during a trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
They built and launched rockets. A thrilling ride gave them a chance to feel the g-forces that astronauts experience during a rocket launch. They played a specific role in the launch and re-entry of an orbiter. They toured the museum, checking out artifacts such as the Saturn V rocket, which carried astronauts into space in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They also participated in a Trivia Night against other teams from across the country; a Clemente team won the competition!
Student comments included: “Well, I want to be a astronaut and space camp showed me how fun it really is to be in aviation,” “Besides being a great experience, it was also very educational. I learned a lot about aerospace history and the historical rockets,” and “Motion sickness and blacking out on the g-force simulator told me I’m better at mission control than going on an actual rocket.”
Kevin Yates is the magnet coordinator at Parkland.
Clemente Students Visit KID Museum, Build Robot
About 25 seventh grade students from Roberto Clemente Middle School participated in the KID Museum’s Invention Studio program, which offers students an engaging, project-based learning experience that builds interest in STEM and art. The program introduces students to basic skills and provides mentoring and guidance to support them in designing and creating their own inventions.
For six weeks, the students learned to build an automaton through circuitry, programming and woodworking. The students also visited Glenstone, a museum that integrates art, architecture and landscape. On the final day of the program, they designed and built an automaton of their own design.
Teacher Sascha Simkanich received a Montgomery County Makerspace grant, which made the program possible.
Rockville Mayor, City Council Tour Julius West Middle School
Rockville’s Mayor and City Council members, along with Board of Education and Montgomery County Public Schools representatives, toured Julius West Middle School on April 5. They got a firsthand look at recent renovations and additions at the school, as well as insight from student ambassadors and principal Craig Staton.
Germantown, Glenallen Elementary Schools Host Career Day Events
Karen B. Salmon, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, spoke with fifth grade students at Germantown Elementary School. Dr. Salmon’s visit was part of the school’s career day event and gave students an opportunity to ask questions about her work as the State Superintendent of Schools.
Several organizations, community members and parents visited Glenallan Elementary School on April 18 for the school’s Career Day and talked to students about different career paths. Visitors included Pepco employees, Montgomery Parks arborists, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, a Montgomery County Police K-9 unit and more.
Bradley Hills Focuses on STEM in Weeklong Event
Earlier this month, Bradley Hills Elementary School held a STEM Week with a variety of activities, including a skyscraper challenge where students built skyscrapers out of spaghetti noodles, tape and a marshmallow; an egg drop challenge; science fair projects and more. Students were able to work on some challenges with “buddies” in a different grade.