I had an inquisitive cadet ask this question today:
When will humans try to send the first people to Mars?
That's right! Humans have NOT been to Mars yet. We are still working to make sure we have the right knowledge, skills and tools to get there as safely and efficiently as we can. Here are some links to explore. See if you can answer this question!
*Cadets hoping to go to Mrs. L's Mission to Mars party will want to answer this question well!
This rotation included First Aid training for Toro astronaut trainees. We discussed some basics for responding to injuries and certain situations. This was followed by learning how to create a sling for a broken or sprained arm.
First grade did a great job of describing what can be found in some first aid kits!
Mrs. Bohn's class has some amazing actors and actresses (pretending injuries) AND demonstrated potential giftedness at the medical sciences!
Click on the file to explore more about the history of first aid kits and complete some first aid training at home!
Be safe and prepared to heal!
April 15, 2019
Some of the classes have been able to focus and complete today's training early, so we completed reaction time training. I have included the chart for cadets to record their response times. The docking chart is also included. This is a great activity to connect math and outside of school activities. Yes, math, charts, and those spreadsheets you're learning about with Mrs. Droeg are useful!
Don't forget to keep saving your completed activity forms!
Mission to Mars Party update: astronaut food and cosmic brownies! What else will be there? Tune in next week to find out!
In all the excitement of the last half of the year, I forgot to post sixth grade's Abby in the spotlight! Many tried, but only Abby was able to get close to matching my Toro snowflake. Here is the write up from our STEM lab exploration on snowflakes and symmetry: http://www.mrslteaches.com/stem-class/winter-snowflakes-symmetry
Click the file to see Abby and her snowflake.
Congratulations, Abby! You showed real grit while using backward design to create a very good copy of the Toro snowflake. I am so proud of you!
Keep building and creating,
Did you know that most food space explorers eat is freeze dried? If you want to try something freeze dried, I have seen some freeze dried snacks at the local space themed coffee place called Starbucks. What? It's not a space theme? Well, it does have 'star' in the name. :)
Astronauts hoping for fresh produce would have to wait until a shipment was sent on a shuttle. Then, they would have to eat that fresh food very quickly. If they wait too long, it will spoil! When humans do make it to Mars, fresh produce would not survive the more than 2 year journey to the Red Planet. Fresh produce would have to be grown there.
NASA has been experimenting with growing plants on the International Space Station. One of the more recent experiments was to grow lettuce and a flower called a zinnia. Click on the link above to see pictures and to track your own plant growing experiment.
If you started your plant in STEM class, I will have a record of that. Tape your bag to a sunny window and track it's growth daily. You will want to track your plant's growth.
If you are starting your plant on your own, please start your plant in a plastic bag (Ziplock). Place your seed inside a cotton ball or paper towel then insert it into the bag. Add a few drops of water and seal the bag. Tape it to a sunny window and track it's growth daily.
If your plant grows as tall as the bag, it's time to transplant it into soil. Ask an adult to assist.
Recently, second grade completed projects on different countries. The projects were so amazing that Mrs. Hale was inspired to say hello in a different language each day as she completed her daily announcements.
Did you know the International Space Station is host to astronauts from a collaboration of 15 nations. That's right! All that team work we practice in our STEM class could pay off if you want to be an astronaut and in so many other areas of life. There are times when we have new Toro classmates who don't speak English and we have to find ways to communicate. Between your life team at home, at school and your other weekly activities, ask the adults in your life if they speak another language. Click on the form above to track your language specialists.
Maestra Limjoco ;)
Mission control is who you hear counting down before a rocket goes to space. There are many people and jobs being completed in mission control from the time the shuttle is launched, while it's in space, and when it comes back to Earth. Mrs. Droeg has been introducing effective and safe online research skills in Technology Class. Use your research skills to find out who or what the items are. Click on the link above for the cadet form on Mission Control.
Click the file above to track the different crew members who may contribute to a space flight or mission to space. Would you add any other jobs or expertise to this list? Parents, please encourage your cadet to make connections to his or her in class learning. How do these space experts use elementary school knowledge in their daily work life?
Click here to see the possible STEM topics Toros in astronaut training may learn about during this quarter's training!
Cadets! Partial packages to apply for the Mission to Mars are due on May2nd! The party will be held after school on May 20th. These packages must include:
1) All the Astronaut Academy lessons your group has attended in the STEM Lab this quarter. (Mrs. L is keeping track!)
2) All the extended exploration training lessons. (Check the Spotlights page each rotation.)
3) A project of your choosing demonstrating your learning about space, space exploration or any field/tools/scientific study which supports space exploration.
Any Toro is eligible to submit a cadet package.
Packages will be reviewed by a panel of judges. (The rubric is uploaded as a file to this page.)
Space food, space games and more await the cadets who train hard and learn what is needed to survive on our Mission to Mars!