Discovery Ridge Elementary - October 7, 2016

posted Oct 11, 2016, 6:02 AM by Jim Twellman
"Discovery Days"

Steve's report:
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As for Discovery Ridge...

We stayed inside.  The weather report called for cloudy for the later morning and partly cloudy for early morning.

We were scheduled to go between 9-12 in six different classrooms for 1/2 hour at a crack.  Sometimes the class we were to meet with was in PE/Art/Library/etc. when we arrived in the empty room. Some of the groups got 20 minute, some a bit longer.

Eddie walked them through some solar facts, light facts, color of the sun with questions/answers on their part.  I demoed my SuperSID antenna and solar storms.  I also pushed the 2017 Eclipse, library scopes, and FNOH.  The last part worked based on the turnout Friday night at Broemmelsiek.

From Wentzville School District's Facebook page:

Students at Discovery Ridge Elementary participated in the seventh annual “Discovery Days” during the week of October 3-7. The event, conceived by faculty members in 2010 before construction of the new elementary school was even completed, focuses on discovery in the physical world. “Discovery Days is an opportunity for our students to learn, explore, discover and imagine about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), with a special focus on space and flight,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates.

On Friday, October 7th, the week culminated with activities that included students climbing in the cockpit of an F4 Phantom jet built by McDonnell Douglas. Other activities included Monsanto’s Marshmallow Challenge, Washington University’s MySci truck, science demonstrations by Mad Science, and solar scope viewing with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri. “During Discovery Days you learn about the planets in a very fun way,” said fifth grader Deo Reji. “I love Discovery Days every year.”

Additional events included a visit from the ARCH helicopter, Dino Odell’s science songs and the St. Louis Science Center Unisphere - a portable, inflatable mini-planetarium. The celebration concluded Friday night with the St. Louis Science Center’s Family Science Night and a pizza dinner. #STEMSunday


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