Mission X News
- Thu, 04/04/2013 - 09:00 – Tim Vigorito
On March 28th the after-care students in Sharon Team USA were given a very special treat-we watched US astronaut Chris Cassidy and his Russian crew launch in a Soyuz rocket to the ISS!
It was so exciting to see and hear New England native astronaut Cassidy (along with his crew-mates, Pavel and Alexander) rocket into orbit, we were joined by many of the teachers and after-care staff. Since all of the children had recently taken part in Mission X or the junior lead-up activities for the younger grades, it was so exciting to watch them cheer and applaud as the rocket rose into the night sky. Many of the youngsters earlier had made posters to display in school to show their support for the crew, as we declared it "Chris Cassidy Week" at Heights Elementary.
We will watch you orbit overhead in the sky, have a safe and most enjoyable journey!!
Go Mission X!!!!!!!!!!
- Wed, 04/03/2013 - 08:09 – magali.fabre
Bonjour à tous !
Notre mission s'est terminée le jeudi 21 mars à la Cité de l'espace à Toulouse où nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer Claire Dramas . Elle nous a offert des cadeaux liés à la mission Explore .
Nous avons beaucoup aimé les activités et le travail menés autour de ce projet.
Mardi 19 avril, un ingénieur du CNES viendra nous rencontrer pour nous parler de son travail et de l'espace.
Au revoir !
- Thu, 03/28/2013 - 09:55 – Tim Vigorito
March 28, 2013 Launch Day for Soyuz TMA-08M!
We wish to send "Have a Wonderful Journey" and "Safe Trip" messages of goodwill to our New England
astronaut Chris Cassidy and his crewmates Pavel and Alexander!
Our school is decorated with beautiful posters and cards wishing the crew all the best for a trip worthy of Astro Charlie!!!!!!
Go Mission X!!!!!!!
- Thu, 03/28/2013 - 06:26 – tvigorito.exp5
The Closing Ceremonies Webcast for Team USA Sharon was held at the Heights Elementary School Gymnasium on March 22. Among the guests included were a number of elected officials including Representative Louis Kafka and staff assistant Edward Philllips, Representative Elizabeth Poirier, staff members from the office of Senator James Timilty and assistants to and US Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, 3rd who delivered the opening welcome speech to the audience of staff, students, school administration and members of the Sharon Education Foundation. We had a wonderful event!
Here in these pictures you can view some of the guests, the "Volunteer Crew Assembly" station made up of our special guests, and some of the work behind the scenes in Houston!
Let's do this again!!!!!!!!!!
- Thu, 03/28/2013 - 04:27 – giuseppe.stablum
VIDEO REALIZZATO DALLA 2B NELL'AMBITO DEL PROGETTO MISSION X 2013...IL GRASSO NASCOSTO IN UN PASTO DA FAST-FOOD A CONFRONTO CON QUELLO NASCOSTO IN UNA PIZZA...SCIENZE, INGLESE E TECNOLOGIA PER CONOSCERE LA REALTA' QUOTIDIANA...BUON DIVERTIMENTO!!!
- Thu, 03/28/2013 - 01:29 – shanevanstaden
We had our closing event. Please find the attached mission x newsletter and selected photo's
This was a great way to end the program for our school and community.
Other than all the activities and information the students learned regarding space and the impact on our bodies, environment and learning, they were introduced to 3 new languages (basic phrases) and enjoyed sharing in this global program with schools from around the world.
Well done to NASA and their partners for a truly great learning experience.
- Thu, 03/28/2013 - 01:01 – shanevanstaden
Mission X Parent Challenge
Train like an astronaut will end for us on March the 8th. We issued a FITNESS CHALLENGE to all parents and while we are at it, all adults. As our students will be working hard to maintain their fitness, learn about proper nutrition and hydration, including basic anatomy and physiology the next 46 days, we wanted our adults to be involved! All it would take is sit ups (curl ups), push ups (feet or knees), squats and the FEBRUARY MILE A DAY (walk or run). Just a few minutes out of their day to increase their leg, core and upper body strength and endurance while setting a life changing example for their child. If they were keen to accept the challenge they would join the Mission X Parent Challenge. This was were a whole community was looking forward to cheering them on:)
- Thu, 03/28/2013 - 00:46 – shanevanstaden
Students in K to 4 were also assessed on being "thinkers and problem solvers" as they had to construct their own model satellites. To really place the emphases on problem solving I did not review the model plans and construction in advance, so that the students and I would need to figure out where each section was to go. Once again our students stepped up to the challenge and seem energized to solve the puzzles with dialogue and sharing when they realized I was trying to get to grips with the construction too. Their eagerness to share their conclusions and solutions before the teacher made for a lively learning environment. I am pleased to announce that after much debate, approx. 200m of cello tape and an appreciation of the complexity of being a NASA engineer, each child completed their satellite. These will be hung in "mission control" (new PE media room) and will go home with them when the train like an astronaut challenge comes to a close in March.
- Thu, 03/28/2013 - 00:33 – shanevanstaden
We have just completed 2 days of training in PE class on how to set up our mission journals (electronic portfolio's) on the Ipods. Exciting stuff. I'm learning as much about the technology from my students, as I'm guiding them through the process. I gave the MS students 5 minutes to create a "tweet" (140 character) reflection of their learning the past 2 days.
I'm very impressed, and pleased with the enthusiasm the students have shown as we incorporate technology in the PE class. I'm also looking forward to incorporating students blog reflections starting next week.
One of our students tested the use of the Ipod in class to capture her physical activity. The Ipod (and app) documented her calorie expenditure, pace, distance, etc. We hope to have each of our students using their Ipods in the next 2 weeks to record their movement and mission X progress in class, combined with recording heart rate, as we enter Healthy Heart Month in February.
- Wed, 03/27/2013 - 09:12 – kulvinder.johal
We have been running as fast as a cheetah and as fast as Usain Bolt. We have been learning about teamwork and including each other in our Mission X activities. We enjoyed learning about our hand-eye co-ordination and agility using crew assembly and astro agility. We have visited the Observatory and have been launching rockets as fast as sound.
If you want your school to be the best, develop skills and get fitter join Mission X. We hope that more countries join - especially New Zealand as our teacher is from New Zealand.
- Tue, 03/26/2013 - 21:30 – nidia.zambrano