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Out of this world? No… Just out of the classroom!

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Planets, stars, constellations and more! After learning about the sun, moon, and stars in our science unit 2nd quarter, third grade students travelled out of the classroom to McKinley Education Center for an Out of This World experience! Every year third graders go to the portable planetarium that was purchased by the district to enhance our learning experiences. Inside the planetarium we travelled past Mercury, soared past Venus, and explored all the way to new galaxies all while sitting in a blow up room. The planetarium is like an inflatable theater with opportunities to teach. The images project across the entire ceiling allowing for students to feel like they are in the sky while watching. There were many times you felt like you could reach your hand up and grab the stars out of the sky! We were lucky to watch a video taking us through our solar system in an exploratory way that just can’t be done in the classroom. After the video, we zoomed into new galaxies, raced past stars, and landed among the constellations. The planetarium was an awesome experience for both the students and the teachers. Thanks to North Platte Public Schools for allowing us to travel out of this world, just by staying in our seats!