Writing in Science at the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum

I had the priveledge of attending a special workshop funded by the science department of my school system this week.  It was held at the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum which is part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Almost 200 teachers participated and we first saw the IMAX movie “Hubble”.  IMAX is always interesting to see because the photography is so spectacular, not to mention large, and the sound brings new meaning to surround sound.  This was really neat because astronauts on the Space Shuttle did a lot of the filming and many images from the Hubble Telescope were also included.

We also had a docent led tour of the musuem.  My husband volunteers at the museum so I have been numerous times but I had never been on a guided tour before.  It turned out that our tour guide lives behind our school and his daughter once attended Herndon Elementary.  He did an excellent job and is willing to develop a special tour for our GEMS club. Yippee.

After lunch we had a workshop from the author of Writing in Science, Betsy Fulwiler.  Lots of good information to use in with our STEM lab journals.

Space Shuttle Tiles

Space Shuttle Tiles

the nose of the space shuttle is covered in dark heat resistent tiles

the nose of the space shuttle is covered in dark heat resistent tiles

You can fit a bus inside the cargo area of the Space Shuttle

You can fit a bus inside the cargo area of the Space Shuttle

This space suit was worn on the moon, the dirt on it is moon dust.

This space suit was worn on the moon, the dirt on it is moon dust.

Space Shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery

This plane has both a jet engine and a rocket engine.

This plane has both a jet engine and a rocket engine.

The Enola Gay; credited with ending WWII

The Enola Gay; credited with ending WWII

Teachers tour the Udvar Hazy

Teachers tour the Udvar Hazy

The Air France Concord

The Air France Concord

Our guide demonstrates the controls on the Wright Brother's aircraft

Our guide demonstrates the controls on the Wright Brother’s aircraft

my colleague, Jill, listens to the tour guide at the Udvar Hazy

my colleague, Jill, listens to the tour guide at the Udvar Hazy

Our guide begins the tour at the Glenn Curtiss aircraft

Our guide begins the tour at the Glenn Curtiss aircraft

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