My fifth grade students are eager to discover and understand the world around them. I rarely hear "That is so cool!" when they are reading their science text books, but when I can give my students hand on experiences they can't help but say it.
It is not only my job to teach, but it is my job to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and others who will change the world.
How can they change the world if they don't know much about it?
Learning science from a text book does nothing to inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers. Since we live at the bottom of an ocean of air we are used to having about 14 pounds of air squeezing our bodies at all time. We can only imagine what it must be like in the vacuum of space. This vacuum chamber will provide my students with some amazing examples of how things behave in conditions of little to no air pressure. From marshmallows to water, shaving cream to balloons, this vacuum chamber will spark my students scientific curiosity for years to come. I want to be the teacher I never had. And my teachers never did this for me.
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