The students and staff of LES and LHS joined forces to design and create a replica Martian Space Station. The planning process began weeks ago with a committee meeting, with representation from LES staff, LHS staff and PVSD consultants. From that meeting, the concept of a Giant Space Station Project was born. LES middle years students and staff, and the LHS grade ten class under the guidance of Mrs. Cooper, got to work building individual "pods" and connecting tubes made of garbage bags. And, wow, did they work! Another group of students was assigned to a special assembly team that had the task of linking the pods together. In addition, each middle years classroom and the grade ten students were given the task of creating a theme with curricular connections for their pod. Themes included The Planets, Constellations, Indigenous Sky Legends, Space Ship Design, Reflection and Refraction of Light, Aliens, Reading with Flashlights, Conspiracy Theories, and more! Preparations were complete and it was time to welcome the younger LES students to Mars!
On Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, several hundred young students had the opportunity to spend time learning in a very different setting. The LHS grade ten students provided leadership as they toured groups through the space facility. The LES middle years students led the younger students through the engaging pod activities.
Fun and learning on a different planet, and constructed with only garbage bags, packing tape, and a couple of fans! More pictures can be viewed under the extra-curr tab.