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Wadsworth 5th graders rescue astronauts

By John Published: March 4, 2011

Here's a video I took this morning of a project at Wadsworth's Central Intermediate School that required the 5th graders to interact via Skype with the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Wadsworth CIS, named an Ohio School to Watch this year, worked on an "e-mission" set in the year 2080 to save a space ship, The Distant Discovery, that is lost among the outer planets. The school got a $5,000 grant from Wheeling Jesuit University and a $5,000 grant from Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Assistant principal Eric Jackson, seen in the video, wrote the grants with Jacinda Yonker, the talented and gifted coordinator at Medina County Educational Service Center, who used to teach in West Virginia and knew all about the Challenger Learning Center.

Video by Akron Beacon Journal education reporter John Higgins

Here is my favorite scene from the movie  Apollo 13 of NASA problem-solving in action:

P.S., Saving the astronauts was the talk of the cafeteria at lunch (Pizza Day!), which I shared with some fifth graders before they bolted for recess, leaving me with my (delicious) chocolate pudding.

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