GATE* students at Steve Luther Elementary have been working on group research projects over the last few months dealing with the solar system.
They have researched:
- the birth of the sun,
- solar eclipses,
- black holes,
- and how our solar system functions.
As a culminating activity, the students participated in a field trip to the California Science Center, which was funded through DonorsChoose.org**.
They were able to see many exhibits, including the Endeavour Space Shuttle and also an IMAX movie about the Hubble Telescope.
All of these activities support the inclusion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) into the curriculum.
It was a wonderful experience for our students, and has already influenced some of them to learn more about space travel.
The article above was submitted by Luther Elemtnary School.
GATE students from Steve Luther Elementary School on a field trip to the California Science Center. Courtesy photo.
* GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education. In the latest California State Budget modifications to funding public education, GATE program funding was shifted to the Local Control Funding Formula.
** DonorsChoose.org allows anyone to donate in support of local school projects. At the time this article was written, other projects in Cypress and Los Alamitos include:
- Lifelong Learning with Laptops, Mrs. Spencer at Oxford Academy
- The Game Of Life, Mrs. Pfafflin at Margaret Landell Elementary School
- Let Us Make the World a Better Place with Music!, Ms. Etter at Margaret Landell Elementary School
- Learn, Research and Succeed!, Mrs. Tiehen at A E Arnold Elementary School
- Easier With An Easel, Mrs. Little at Los Alamitos Elementary School