Franke Park Teachers Head to NASA Program - February 02, 2012

Record Number: 8454
Displayed from: Feb 02, 2012 , until: Mar 02, 2012

Three teachers from Franke Park Elementary School will spend a week in Houston participating in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Building Coaches Pamela Ghaffarian and Mary Roush and third-grade teacher Cassie Doud will travel to the Johnson Space Center Feb. 5-10. They were selected to participate in the program last fall and have prepared for the trip by working on experiments with students and reporting the results back to NASA. The teachers will continue working with the experiments while participating in the flight program, which includes riding in the reduced-gravity aircraft, also known as the "Vomit Comet." The teachers will perform three experiments inside glove boxes while onboard the Weightless Wonder, experiencing micro- and hyper-gravity situations. After the trip, the teachers will share their data with the students and compare data from the classroom to the data from the flight. This is the third time Franke Park teachers have been invited to participate in the reduced-gravity program at the Johnson Space Center. 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.