JFS sixth-grade students were treated to a unique astronomical experience this past week with the Digitarium Portable Planetarium from Broome-Tioga BOCES.
Students spent the week exploring “backyard astronomy” within the cozy confines of our middle school library. They observed seasonal constellations, listened to stories of the myths behind the constellations, and took tours of the planets in the solar system. They experienced the virtual landing of a Mars rover and being on the moon, and saw what it might look like to be swallowed up by a black hole! They also saw massive asteroids slamming into the moon to create craters and watched a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral.
In addition, students experienced (minus the effects of micro-gravity) what it is like to be on the international space station and what it is like for astronauts to do a space-walk. One class practiced yoga under the stars led by special education teacher Kristen Keuter who is a certified yoga instructor.
Without even leaving the library, the portable planetarium provided them with an out of this world experience!