Story and Photos by Ed Emmons( Museum Website Tech)
Tazewell County Museum and Education Center staff volunteers took to the road today, to talk to First grade students from Delavan Grade School in Delavan. Delavan American Legion Post 382 hosted the first part of the morning.
In a pilot program being done by the Museum, staff volunteers gave the students a lesson about the solar system, demonstration on what happens when objects strike the planets, and a look at a 12 foot O-ring off the space shuttle rockets. Students started off the morning listening to Barb Tidaback reading a space book called,"Louis And The Night Sky".
The 17 students walked over to the American Legion from Delavan grade school with their substitute teacher Mrs. Beard, and a few parents who volunteered and other personnel to go along on the field trip. Their regular teacher is Mrs. Jeckel. Also volunteering their time to help out were Museum volunteer's, Museum President Christal Dagit, Barbara Tidaback, and Lara Campbell. The Delavan Times newspaper owners Sandra and Charles Denman, teacher aide Elaine Argadine, student teacher Melissa Whalen, and Glenn Holmes from the Delavan Historical Society.
Next the students got a lesson on how the solar system works, with Barb Tidaback and Lara Campbell demonstrating.
the Earths axis
Next the students got a chance to cut out a paper space shuttle, color it, glue it on a black paper along with the sun and stars. Afterwards students got a lesson on the solar system from Lara Campbell.
The students next split into groups for demonstration purposes of how objects impact planets by smashing into them
Students then walked across the street to the Illinois Army National Guard building for a demonstration of the O-Ring.