Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tazewell County Museum takes its traveling classroom to Delavan

Museum staff volunteers Lara Campbell(right), and Barbara Tidaback(back), pick out students to represent the eight planets and one dwarf planet in our solar system Thursday morning.

Story and Photos by Ed Emmons (Museum Internet Tech)

It was the 2nd grade Delavan Grade School students turn Thursday morning to take a small field trip to the American Legion in Delavan and learn about the solar system and have a fun learning experience at the same time.

Sixteen 2nd Grade students from Mrs. Lesson's class ( Joanna Adair was the substitute teacher for the day), came to listen and learn about the solar system from Museum staff volunteers, Barbara Tidaback, Lara Campbell, and Museum President Christal Dagit Thursday morning. They would learn about the solar system by dressing up as the planets, and stars, listen to a book called, "Postcards From Pluto", read by Barb Tidaback, make their own postcards, make a space shuttle out of paper, and see a real live O-ring from a previous space shuttle.

Also helping out the Museum staff today were parent Mindy Mason, Glenn Holmes of the Delavan Historical Society, And Grandparents Don and Jane Matthews.

The students started the day off by dressing up to represent the eight planets and one dwarf planet, and to learn about each one of them. The Sun of course is really a star and the closest star to the Earth. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. Venus is the second planet from the sun and has no moons. Earth is the third planet from the sun and has one moon. Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and has two moons. It is called the red planet because of its colors. Jupiter is called the King of planets and is the largest planet which is fifth from the sun. Its has four large moons and is covered with colorful clouds. Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, is yellow and gray in color and is known for its rings.Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and has a bluish-green color. It has rings and five large moons. It spins on its side. Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and also has rings. It is blue in color and has a spot called the Great Dark Spot. Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet and is the farthest from the sun so it is covered with ice.

                     Students work on their Book of the Solar System in which they got to color the planets

     Students listen to Barb Tidaback read the book called,"Postcards From Pluto", while they color their Books of the Solar System

Museum President Christal Dagit shows the students the Museums newest acquisition from NASA, a space shuttle main engine project high pressure oxidizer turbo pump turbine blade, flown in support of the space shuttle program STS-27, STS 50, and STS 54. It is encased in plastic because it has been in outer space and may contain germs.

                              Two students look at the encased turbine blade from a space shuttle

                           A student works on filling out a postcard from space as part of the project

                                                 A student shows her My Book of the Solar System

                                  Students start the Space Shuttle project by first cutting out the shuttle

                                                  Barb Tidaback helps a student cut out the shuttle

                                       A student shows off her finished Space Shuttle project

Students hold a space shuttle rocket O-ring to see how big it actually is. The O-ring stretches 12 feet around

The Museum would like to thank  Delavan Grade School, the American Legion, and the Army National Guard Armory.