Franke Park teachers take off with NASA - February 08, 2008

Record Number: 3808
Displayed from: Feb 08, 2008 , until: Feb 29, 2008

A group of Franke Park teachers is spending 10 days at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to participate in a series of experiments and learning opportunities as a part of the school's designation as a NASA School. Teachers Donna Ashcroft, Pam Ghaffarian, Stephanie Koch, Valerie McMaken, Elizabeth Norris and Kim Straessle will have the opportunity to participate in a reduced-gravity flight while visiting the space center. While there, the teachers will perform an experiment designed by Franke Park students. The experiment compares how a variety solids, such as a wooden ball, move through a variety of liquids, such as water. Students already conducted the experiment on the ground and teachers will test it on the reduced-gravity flight. Students will be able to find out what their teachers observed during a post-flight videoconference at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Media is invited to view the videoconference in the gymnasium at Franke Park Elementary, 828 Mildred Ave. Franke Park was named a NASA School in 2004. The partnership was designed to encourage students to get excited about learning particularly in math and science. Students have had the opportunity to meet astronauts and participate in a number of videoconferences with NASA. Students and staff have also taken trips to NASA centers to learn more about space and test experiments started in the classroom.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.