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Falcon Flash of December 21, 2017

by Mark Vialpando

Giovanni Aldretti and Carmen Hernandez examine a “space rock” after visiting The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.
Photo by Mark Vialpando.

GARDNER — Mr. Crossen hit another home run when it comes to making learning fun. He secured a grant from Northrop Grumman, a global aerospace and defense technology company, that allowed the 4th through 8th grade students at Gardner School to visit The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs last week. The Discovery Center is “an interactive, education-focused destination that​ advances ​science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics STEAM in the exciting​ context of space exploration, development, and utilization.” It features the El Pomar Space Gallery, displaying​ the Space Foundation’s collection of space artifacts where the students took a self-guided tour through a fun scavenger hunt.

Earlier in the visit all of the Falcons participated in a hands-on activity that had them making a clay model of our solar system. “I liked everything about it. But I especially liked the ‘Science on a Sphere,’” reflected 7th grader Kimmy Padilla. Sixth grader Aiden Trujillo liked the scavenger hunt the best because, “I learned about new stuff.”

NUTCRACKER!! Come join in the fun tonight at 6:30 when the Gardner School students put on their version of “The Nutcracker.”

Gardner School staff and students​ wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season.

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