What's happening in the Discovery Lab?

Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 12/16/2012

See what fifth graders are working on and then scroll down to read highlights for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th. DSC017965th Graders composed questions of varying complexity related to a virtual field trip to Mars sponsored by Discovery Education and entertainer will.i.am’s “i.am.angel” foundation. The event featured astronaut Leland Melvin and NASA Solar System Exploration Program Executive Dave Lavery. The virtual field trip titled “Journey to the Extreme” provided an opportunity for students across the country to meet the scientists, engineers, and innovators behind NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover mission.DSC01794DSC01818DSC01819DSC01816DSC01815

  • 4th graders applied the Engineering Design Process as they designed clay boats to hold the greatest amount of pennies. Photos
  • 3rd graders began the Mars Exploration Science and Nonfiction Writing Unit. Photos
  • 2nd graders participated in a JPL Mars Simulation and sent coordinates to Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity. See detailed blog entry below for more information.
  • 2nd grader Quillan visited JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in California over Thanksgiving and created a PowerPoint presentation that he shared in the Discovery Lab.
  • 1st graders observed photographs taken of the planets as they colored their own set of planets. The students are using the cut-out planets to compare and contrast the planets. The students sort (categorize) the planets based on attributes such as size, number of moons, rings or no rings, location, etc. Photos

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