At our school, the majority of the students are second language learners in which their primary language is Spanish. My students live in a lower socioeconomic demographic area located in Southern California. Many of our students come from families in which they are the first generation to go to school. As a result, the majority of my students are at least one grade level behind in reading literacy. Nearly all of my students qualify for free breakfast and lunch.
My students are passionate about learning and need to have meaningful exposure to science and technology to help provide the foundation of skills that are required for 21st century careers.
My students and I have been discussing the need to add a Science Night at our school site. This Science Night would be available to the entire school and would give me another platform to demonstrate to our parents and the surrounding community the type of projects that we do here at our school. And what is a Science Night without a telescope?
The Orion Telescope will provide my students with the opportunity to momentarily leave their neighborhood and maybe for the first time understand how expansive our galaxy truly is.
These supplies will provide our students with another avenue to display their scientific learning while exploring the stars and planets in our universe. Students will use the telescope to provide a first hand look an the night sky and provide their own pictures that directly correspond to their NGSS lessons. Every student who attends the Science Night would have access to the use of the telescope.
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