FHSD Elementary Students Travel to the Moon

Posted on 07/01/2019
Elementary students use virtual reality

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this year’s elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) summer camp took a trip to space. Students participated in activities and challenges that allowed them to explore the different areas of STEAM through a new lens.

The students sported virtual reality (VR) goggles as they adventured through space and hopped along the moon. “It’s been really fun,” said Harvest Ridge fifth grader, Colin Otto. “We’ve done a lot of things I didn’t expect. This morning, we did virtual reality with the head goggles. It’s like you’re in a new world and everybody is ooo-ing and awe-ing in class.”

Elementary students participate in rocket challengeAlong with VR, the students participated in a rocket challenge where they had to build a balloon-powered lunar lander that would be released down a string. The goal was to get the model as close to the designated target as possible. “This is a time that they can try new things and experiment and be really creative,” said camp leader and Hollenbeck teacher Carmen Kenney-Hill. “There are no wrong answers. There are just ways in which they can improve what they create.” The students’ creativity came to life as they worked with LEGO robot models and programmed them to do various tasks such as paint, bowl, and more.

Whether the students were building towers out of paper or competing for the most successful rocket in the space challenge, they learned the importance of teamwork. “We want them to be able to work with any student,” said Kenney-Hill. “At the beginning of the week, they might be put with two other students that they don’t know, and by the end of the week they are friends and are working together.”

The STEAM camp is designed for creativity and out of the box thinking, but it is so much more than that. It’s an opportunity for students to find new best friends, to discover a love for engineering or art, and to take their education to new heights and new planets!

Elementary students participate in STEAM activity    Elementary students participate in STEAM activity

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