Simulation, Rockets, and some more

From: Teacher <>
Subject: Simulation, Rockets, and some more
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 12:32:22 -0500

0Hello to all LFM classrooms,
        We've been so busy I haven't had time to share our classroom
activities.  We have several going at the same time.  [This solves the
problem of limited space and 30 students per class.]  That way each
8th grade student is actively involved and challenged.  All the
students will finish the M.O.L.A. simulation by Wednesday.  What a
challenge working to make the plaster of paris Marscape.

Two teams are always busy finishing the second rocket science activity
that involves payloads.  There has been something flying in this room
for a long time.

In the corner, another group is working on the P.E.T. proposal.  We'll
be discussing, challenging, and compromising [hopefully] on Wednesday
and Thursday.  With any luck our final proposals will be online by

Finally, each student is assigned to a research team to investigate
life support systems for the colonization of Mars [remember the
Marsville activity?].  If anyone is doing something similar, we'd like
to share online.  A great site to visit is

There's a lot of activity and classroom management is a little loose,
but the kids are actively involved and happy.  Thanks PTK/LFM.  When
my students are out reading material on related, but not assigned
topics because it is "interesting and there are connections to our
projects", I couldn't be happier.  The students only complaint is that
they want more challenge questions.  For some reason, it struck a

Happy Holidays to all,

Susan Hurstcalderone
Blessed Sacrament School
Washington, D.C.