Exploration

3… 2… 1… blast off! Discovery learners launched into an exploration of astronomy. Starting with basic astronaut training last week and then a deep dive into the moon, teams are working together throughout the session to prepare for a final (simulated) mission into outer space.

Along with the space theme, Discovery learners are writing their own science-fiction stories. Each week, they draft a new story and share it with their peers. At the end of the session, they will narrate their stories for a TVS SciFi Podcast. There has been amazing creativity so far: unique characters like talking pink cats, exciting plot lines (aliens taking over Earth), and challenging obstacles (i.e. getting suddenly thrown back in time via time travel). Some learners are challenging themselves to write chapter books and are already planning sequels!

Other areas of exploration this session: the historical period after the American Revolution, pastel and collage art, and new challenging problems in math lab. Some learners are jumping into pre-algebra!

Sneak peek into next week’s Quest topic: The Solar System

In the words of former astronaut Frank Borman, “Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” Our learners are certainly enthusiastic about space!

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