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Lunar Lander Launch

Submitted by david.thacker on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 19:58
Story and pictures by Jerry Whiting

"Teaching science is a blast!" says Mr. Whiting.  He stands on the roof of SFJH and launches the lunar landers his students' who, like NASA engineers, designed and built.  His students wait eagerly for theirs to fall.

The atmosphere was akin to watching fireworks on Independence Day with the sounds of "Ooooooooos" and "Aaaaaaaahs" with every launch. One student commented, "On the first attempt, our astronaut did not survive, but on the second attempt our astronaut did!"

Mr. Whiting asked, "Did you learn from the first attempt? Do great scientists, like you, fail?"

The entire class in unison shouted in reply, "Yes!"

At SFJHS, kids are natural scientists whose intrinsic love and curiosity of the world around them is encouraged and continually coaxed in all science classes in all grade levels.