Milford, Ohio - Mulberry Elementary teacher Steve Heck and the Milford Schools Foundation have helped bring the excitement of space and science to Milford 5th graders this school year.
A grant from Duke Energy has provided new resources and opportunities that include:
• Teacher training at iSpace in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
• iSpace mission visitation by all Milford 5th grade students (548 students)
• Formation of 137 student-design teams whose experiments may be selected to go to space
Throughout January, fifth graders visited iSPACE, located on the Scarlet Oaks Campus of Great Oaks. iSpace is designed for students in grades Pre-K through 12 with an emphasis on hands-on learning in the areas of STEM.
"The iSpace visit was to help motivate students in STEM, foster student team work, and develop inquiry-based skills in students. And, to have some fun with science too!" shared Heck.
Boyd E. Smith teacher, Bridget Moore added, "My students and I loved the field trip to iSPACE. I have never been on a field trip where 100% of the students were engaged 100% of the time and learned so much!"
The next STEM-related project for 5th graders will be the formation of student-design teams. A total of 137 teams will be formed throughout all elementary schools and then given the task to create an experiment. For their experiments, students will only be given a 10-centimeter cube and the rest is up to them.
"The experiments can be whatever they want - anything they can imagine," Heck said.
The ultimate goal is to select the ten finalists whose experiments will be flown into space by XCOR Aerospace on-board their LYNX spacecraft. The winners will be announced on May 28, 2014 from 6-8 PM. in the Milford High School Cafeteria where all teams will have their experiments on display.