April 9, 2009
The summer 2009 Aerospace Education Classes at Morningside College are accepting registrations for the program, which begins in June for students who have completed first grade through middle school.
“Space Cities” is designed for students who have completed first or second grade. The class is scheduled June 15 through 19 and runs from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Students will design a space station using recycled materials and participate in experiments dealing with gravity, weightlessness, “space mud” and astronaut foods. Enrollment is limited, and the cost is $80 per student.
“Level 1” and “Level 2” classes are scheduled for June 22 through June 26. The “Level 1” class will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day and is designed for students who have completed grades three and four or who completed the “Space Cities” class from last year’s summer program. The “Level 2” class will run from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. It is designed for students who have completed grades four, five or six or the “Level 1” class from last year’s program. The cost for each class is $85.
Students in “Level 1” will study air transportation, rocketry, weather, layers of the atmosphere and space suit technology as it relates to health care. They also will consider technological advancement careers in aerospace fields and ways in which these advancements impact the quality of life on earth. “Level 2” students will learn how the space program improves life on earth through rocketry, satellites, space stations and hydroponics.
“Space Encyclopedia” meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30 and July 1. The course is designed for students who are middle school age or who have completed the “Level 2” class from last summer’s program. Students will use the space encyclopedia computer software program to research answers to questions such as: How did NASA technology help the game of baseball? What happened in space history on your birthday? What caused the Apollo 13 damage that required a space rescue? Enrollment in “Space Encyclopedia” is limited, and the cost is $50 per student for the course.
Aerospace Education Classes are organized and taught on the Morningside campus by Connie Richardson Smith, a Sioux City educator and consultant; Mary Richardson Tester, an educator from Pawleys Island, S.C.; and Stacey Snyder, a science and Talented and Gifted (TAG) educator from Tripoli, Iowa. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are accepted at the Morningside College Education Department, which is located at on the second floor of Lewis Hall at 1501 Morningside Avenue. For more information, call the education department at 712-274-5106.