connected to space

It's not everyday you get to read a book with an astronaut! Preschool to Year 4 read 'Give me some Space!' with NASA astronaut Shannon Walke

connected to space

Wednesday 19 May 2021 It's not everyday you get to read a book with an astronaut! Today Preschool to Year 4 students had the opportunity to read 'Give me some Space!' by Philip Bunting with NASA astronaut Shannon Walker who is currently calling the International Space Station home. A live feed into the MPC allowed the students to read along and look at the pictures in conjunction with preschools and Primary schools across Australia. As Miss Brooke Scriven, teacher of Year 2 said, "It is exciting to be with one million students and teachers around Australia and New Zealand. I loved seeing astronaut Shannon’s ponytail floating with no gravity. It made me think of whether my hair in space would float the same." Dr Jane Greenlees, Head of Junior School commented, "Space is certainly a subject that several of our students are interested in. We love being able to use literacy to encourage the student’s curiosity and to nature that love of learning." Year 3 students took their experience with the astronaut back into their classroom. After listening to the reading of 'Give me some Space' today the students were given a STEM challenge. The challenge was to build a spacecraft that could land without falling over and keep the astronauts safe inside. In groups of three they had to move through the following stages of the design process: Step One - Planning stage Step Two – Building Step Three - Testing Step Four - Evaluating. Students considered: Were my astronauts safe? How high can the spacecraft be launched from? What improvements can I make? The students were very excited by their designs: Josiah: "The best idea we had was using a parachute and adding a landing cup which added weight for landing the rocket. We tested the rocket and it wouldn't land easily so our team adjusted the design and then it worked." "Our team was inspired by the STEM projects we had done in Years 1 & 2. We designed and made toy cars and bridges. We learnt things from these projects which helped us with the rocket design."