Students visit Kopernik
JFS sixth-graders recently attended Space Day at Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal. The event was sponsored by Lockheed Martin in Owego and the Tioga County Coalition for Better Schools (BT-BOCES).
Students spent part of their day exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as they participated in a wide range of learning experiences led by the staff at Kopernik and volunteer engineers from Lockheed Martin. Some of these activities included a Space Bingo game where students learned how the electromagnetic spectrum is used to study stars and observed various gases through a spectral tube wearing 3-d glasses. They also toured the facility, observed sunspots and daytime planets with a telescope, and saw artifacts from real space missions, including a moon rock from Apollo 16.
Students also learned to program a Lego Wedo robotic project using the Engineering Design Process to understand concepts that have applications in real-life. They worked in teams to create a robotic soccer goalie that keeps score.
The day concluded with a rocket launch as all eyes were on a rocket that went several hundred feet up! All students were given a Space Day gift bag compliments of Kopernik, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. It was definitely an out of this world experience for our students!