This year Elrod Elementary will sponsor a Young Astronaut Chapter for 4th and 5th Graders. The Young Astronaut Council was formed by the White House in 1984 to help kids experience the fun and adventure of learning. Today it is the largest youth aerospace organization in the world. Young Astronauts Club is a STEM based space themed club for our 5th graders to learn all about the wonders of space.
There is a fee required as part of this district sponsored club due at the first meeting.
Students usually meet
The Young Astronauts Chapter is open to any fourth and fifth graders who is interested in science. A total of twenty, fourth and fifth graders will be randomly selected from those students who turn in an interest form for participation in the program
The curriculum for the Young Astronauts Meetings this year is SPACE. Students will participate in science activities that are centered around aeronautics. We will do a special astronomy related activities in preparation for the District stargazing in February 28, 2020.
Star Gazing was held February 28, 2020
It is a 2 hour event that takes place in the evening. Students rotate for 20 minute activities throughout the night. Such activities may include making a comet, a Star Clock to tell you when stars/planets are out during months/hours, trivia of the curriculum that has been selected for the year, Space Olympics (various objects to be thrown/kicked and jumping - this demonstrates how gravity is affected on the moon or planets - math calculations are involved and last but not least, what everyone looks forward to the opportunity to look through telescopes. These are shared by local astronomy groups.