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  • Sally SkyRider Launch
    Saturday, April 19
    Time: TBD
    Location: TBD
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  • Happy April Birthdays
    1st - Andrew L.
    10th - Dillon D. and Jaden D.
    20th - Niha S.
    26th - Genevieve K.

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  • Camp Invention
    June 2-6
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  • Happy Grams
    Help 3rd grade spread some happiness on our community and to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by purchasing Happy Grams.
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  • CUSD Bring Your Own Technology Policy
    If you would like your child to use a personal electronic device at school for educational purposes, please read and sign this document
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  • PTO Information
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“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.” – Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation

T Minus 1 Day!
REVISED LAUNCH SITE: Due to changes in weather and wind patterns, the launch will be from the north end of the Tanger factory outlet store mall (32° 50.572’N, 111° 41.244’W) which is 1½ miles north of the I-8/I-10 interchange southeast of Casa Grande. The launch site is about a 45 minute drive from KGA, so plan accordingly.  

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We bet one topic of conversation at the dinner table as of late has been Sally SkyRider and our launch this weekend with Arizona Near Space Reseach (ANSR). It's about all we talk about, too. AS of Thursday afternoon the launch site is still the Maricopa Agricultural Center (37860 W Smith Enke Rd, Maricopa, Az 85138). But this site may change due to weather patterns. We will keep this site updated, along with Sally SkyRider's various media outlets. If you are planning on coming to the launch, please be there at 8am. All payloads must be attached to the train cord by 8:30. ANSR will begin filling the balloon with hydrogen (way cool!) at that time. If you can make it, please wear closed toe shoes and sunscreen, and bring water. And even if you aren't able to make the launch you can still follow her adventure on the following social media channels.
  • Follow her on Twitter @SallySkyRider
  • Follow her on Instagram @sallyskyrider
  • Follow her Tumblr blog
  • Follow her on Flickr
  • Download her app. First download Yapp on your mobile device. Then enter the following code: D7S8DX
  • Follow the radio beacons at (or ka7nsr-13,-12). This is how the chase teams will locate her.

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by sallyskyrider
Sally SkyRider...There's an app for that!
Sally SkyRider is the most social high altitude balloon we know. And we know a lot of HAB's. Now she has an app. The Public Relations Team will manage the app and provide updates on her progress as the payload is designed, the Arduino is built and programmed, checliskts are being crafted, scripts to the FAA are refined, and launch locations are analyzed. First you'll need to download Yapp on your iOS or Android device, then enter the unique URL. Each time you open the app you'll know if the team has updated it. Here is the URL for the Sally SkyRider app:
"Giving Curiosity Wings"
Last year several Chandler Unified teachers and administrators designed and launched a high altitude balloon. Sally SkyRider, as she is now affectionately known, launched near Casa Grande and traveled nearly 100 miles east and landed on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. After several unsuccessful retrieval attempts, Sally was recovered, intact and full of interesting data and video footage. This year the Knox Gifted 5th graders will take the lead redesigning the questions and the payload all in the name of scientific discovery. Stay up to date with Sally SkyRider and the work of the KGA 5th graders by following her on Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr.
Designed by Dillen N. and Amanda W.  
Superb Showing at Science Fair
Congratulations to Ethan M. and Uriel C. for earning not only a first place in the Earth and Space division category at HISEF, but for also earning the Intel Innovators Award. Great work by all six 5th grade teams that represented KGA at Hamilton High School on February 22.

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Pearls of Wisdom
As of this morning, the KGA 5th graders have earned 571 pearls, approximately 7.5 per student. Those are quite impressive numbers. Here are some other stats: 61 out of 79 students know all 50 U.S. States and Capitols; 66 out of 79 students can recite Walt Whitman's "Oh Captain, My Captain" poem; 60 out of 79 students know all the major waterways in the United States; and 61 out of 79 students know all of the countries in at least one of four geographic regions (three students know all of the countries of the world and their capitols). Recently, several new pearls were introduced: National Symbolism, Solar System, and the Apollo Missions.

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Lunar Design Squad Challenges
The KGA 5th grade engineers are now in the middle of their fourth (out of five) lunar design challenges. This time, the engineers must create a lunar coring apparatus from one of five plans their peers created. These five plans have been sent to Design Squad in Boston for final evaluations. The top scoring plan will receive a super bonus point to be applied to the team's final score for this challenge. Once teams extract a lunar core sample, they must design a cargo hold to safely deliver the material back to Earth. Stay tuned for the results.
 cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Michael Buist
Mrs. Nusbaum leads a workshop on how to use interior angles to create polygons. This lesson was intended to help students create wheels for their lunar roving vehicles.

Knox Brainhoney