As a teacher, one of my favorite subjects is the Sciences. From astronomy to biology to physics to rocket sciences the awe and wonder of experiencing that first phenomenon just make students come alive, asking questions and opening their eyes to a bigger larger more undiscovered world.
I teach second grade in California and we are primarily focused on studying Earth systems including geology, landforms, and habitats currently but I love to bring upcoming scientific events that make me excited personally into the classroom. My past students say I get so excited when talking and sharing new and exciting discoveries and technology, they sometimes don’t know what I am really talking about but they are really excited to know more.
On Thursday, February 6 after years of trial and error, Space X was set to launch its maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy Rocket. My classes for years have been tracking the failures and successes of the Falcon 9 even tweeting words of encouragement when his rocket crash landed on the drone landing ship. I love modern day technology because of the opportunity to experience events live as they are happening.
At 1245pm during my student’s lunch recess, a dozen intrepid explorers came in to watch the test flight. They had watched replays on YouTube of Falcon 9 rockets and the landings. Due to technical difficulties and some odd filtering, we were unable to watch on our large television display.
With less than 30 seconds to launch, I pulled out my iPhone 7 Plus and a Bluetooth speaker. I turned on the stream where we crowded around the tiny screen to countdown.
10 9 8 7… 3…2..1!! LIFTOFF
My dozen explorers cheered louder than the Super Bowl as the Falcon Heavy launched into space! High fives were shared and questions were asked. It was awesome! Way cooler than any math worksheet. I likened it back to when my parents and grandparents generation gathered around the television to watch the first days of the space program including Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. If I could bottle that wonder and sell it to fund education…
My favorite part was the synchronized landing of the side rocket boosters which again erupted in cheers! My students were experiencing and witnessing history that will ultimately shape the world they are growing up in and I get to be apart of it.
I write this to say teach to the world that your students will inherit not how it used to be. Get them excited about wonders of the sciences, an enthusiasm for discovery, and a passion for learning and they will absolutely be ok! Give them permission to build a rocket and launch their sports car into space!!
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars-Norman Vincent Peale
If you would like to learn more about the Space X and the rewatch the Falcon Heavy launch check out this site Falcon Heavy Test Flight
A really cool YouTube channel that captures the awesomeness of the launch is Sound Traveler. Falcon Heavy Launch- Sound Traveler
PS: Make a verbal contract that if any of your students becomes an astronaut, they have to call in from space! A deal is a deal.