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Note: Some older post are below. Many of the previous Project Discovery posts and photos were deleted when our district moved the website to WordPress.

Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 8/28/2015

In the summer Barrett’s winning team of the NASA Spinoff Challenge visited Goddard Space Flight Center for two days accompanied by Dr. Sullivan. The students were given a VIP tour, built and launched model rockets, filmed a video with actor Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime in the Transformers movies) and were honored at an awards ceremony.

Barrett students in the NASA TV Studio with actor Peter Cullen Video clip – And you’re watching NASA TV!

Barrett students with Peter Cullen talking about their Volcanic Exploration Drone

Check out the many photos and videos in this Flickr Album – Page 1 shows the students working on the project at Barrett, page 2 shows the NASA Goddard events Photo Album w Video

Google Expeditions with Google Cardboard

Torres Tablet   Torres Class

“I saw Mars! Mars, I say! It was awesome!” a student exclaimed during a virtual field trip using Google Cardboard & the Google Expeditions app. Using two class sets that were loaned to Barrett for the day, teachers were able to take their students on expeditions to many locations such as Mars, the ocean, tundra, desert, and Egypt. A highlight was joining a rock climbing expedition in Yosemite followed by rock climbing in the gym.Looking Down

The Expeditions Day was organized by ITC Fred Delventhal with support from Project Discovery Teacher Laurie Sullivan & Librarian Margaret Frick. A video created by Communication Arts teacher Renee Shaw showing the students in is available here.

I saw Mars Google Cardboard

Video of Expeditions in action at Barrett:

To learn more about Google Expeditions visit

  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 1/5/2016

    Follow Project Discovery @LSullivan #KWBpride

    Google Cardboard  El Capitan

  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 1/4/2016

    Engineering Google Cardboard

    Instructional Technology Coordinator Fred Delventhal relates the Engineering Design Process to the development of Google Cardboard.

    Love Google Cardboard

    We love Google Cardboard!

  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 12/4/2015

    Thanks to the many parents who volunteer in the Discovery Lab!

    Parent and Jessup

    Volunteer and Jessup

  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 12/3/2015 Today a new set up books is being launched from Florida to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Story Time from Space program. One story that has already been read in space is MAX GOES TO THE SPACE STATION.  You can listen to the story on YouTube:
  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 10/1/2015Chief Martinez On October 1 staff from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service visited Barrett’s Discovery Lab to share with 4th grade students the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative and record a promotional video. After the presentation by the Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System Cynthia Martinez and Ranger Mike Carlo, each student was presented with a voucher good for free admission to National Parks and Wildlife Refuges through August 2016. The initiative is open to all 4th graders & their families.Photos from the event may be viewed here:  video
  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 9/16/2015Shark Belly Button “Did you know some sharks have belly buttons?”  This is just one of the interesting facts tweeted out by Barrett #KWBpride second grade teachers during two Skype in the Classroom sessions with marine biologist Jillian Morris, founder of The students prepared for the Skype session by watching recommended video clips on the Sharks4Kids website and writing their questions on sticky notes.
  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 9/16/2015Skype Sharks Flipagram

    Sharks4Kids website with videos, photos & activities

  • Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 9/15/2015Boat Group We are thrilled that engineer Dr. Stu Jessup will be working with 4th & 5th grade students this year. Dr. Jessup comes to us via Arlington Public Schools’ partnership with AAAS Scientists & Engineers in the Classroom program. Last year students built and tested cantilevers and boats. This fall Dr. Jessup is designing an awesome new engineering project for the students…stay tuned…

    The students’ cantilevers and boats are highlighted in a video featuring 5th Grade students: THANK YOU DR. JESSUP video:

    boat tank   data

    Building & Testing Boats photo album on Flickr


    Building & Testing Cantilever photo album on Flickr