First grade students at South Elementary are currently learning about space, astronauts, and tools that are used in space to help astronauts live in zero gravity. Students have watched a variety of short video clips of Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut who creates videos of astronauts doing everyday things in the International Space Station (like brushing teeth or sleeping).
Beyond watching astronauts in action, students have created astronaut helmets and paper rockets. Students will soon launch their paper rockets with straws and build an astronaut tool. With these objects, the students will create a class green screen video of all of them using their tools in outer space.
“To help bring all the perspective and mind-blowing thought of what space travel would be like to life, the students utilize their virtual reality headsets to explore the International Space Station,” Angie Potts, South’s STEM teacher, said. “As students work in stations, they rotate through to the virtual reality headsets and get to see an up close experience of a real module and all the tools and equipment inside. Students feel as if they can reach out and touch the astronauts.”