Discovery Lab Partners with Grenada Paper Company for an “Out of This World Experience”
By Melody Shaw
Discovery Lab Teacher
During the second nine weeks, students in the GUES Discovery Lab took part in the NASA Explorer Schools program. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM educators to inspire and engage future scientists, engineers, and technicians that NASA needs to continue its journey. The Explorer Schools provides online training and curriculum for teachers who are accepted into the program, including Discovery Lab Director Melody Shaw, a participant since July.
NASA Explorer Schools provides the Discovery Lab with access to weekly video programs which feature NASA careers and STEM concepts connected to real-world missions and projects. Also offered is a searchable lesson library linking school subjects to NASA’s innovative research and scientific discoveries, professional development training materials, and live web seminars which implement NASA lessons into the classroom. Live video chats with NASA experts allow interaction with the classroom through live monthly online video chats. Online support is also provided through the network called NEON.
“The lessons and training have been wonderful,” stated Shaw, “but we knew that in order for all 700 of our students to enjoy the activities provided we would need help with some of the materials. Grenada Paper Company donated the materials for two activities involving all students at the school.”
The students learned about the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the new Aries Rocket, and constructed their own rocket. The newest NASA Robotic Rover launched over Thanksgiving was titled “Curiosity” and is scheduled for a mission to Mars.
As a culmination activity the students made their own Lunar Rover. Shaw stated, “I cannot say thank you enough to Grenada Paper Company for all of their support in educating the children of Grenada.”