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Students create space museum at school
Priscilla Gould, left, and Angel C'Bearing lent their faces to figures of an astronaut and alien at the new "space museum" at St. Stephen's Elementary School. Photo by Alejandra Silva

Students create space museum at school

Mar 3, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The exhibit had its grand opening Thursday with a special ribbon cutting by St. Stephen's principal Alma Brown.

After following a trail of stars, visitors enter a dim room, with music -- much like that of a science fiction movie -- playing in the background. The room is part of the new space museum at St. Stephen's Indian Elementary School.

The exhibit had its grand opening Thursday with a special ribbon cutting from school principal Alma Brown.

"This is dedicated to the men, women and children who look up at the sky," she said.

Students in grades K-8 each contributed something to the exhibit.

"They had a wonderful time researching to learn about space," said Dara Weller, director of the gifted and talented program at the school. "It took us about eight weeks to do ii. They put the whole museum together."

Weller added that the students who put it together will also be directing visitors and narrating their parts of the exhibits.

Upon entering the room, visitors are handed a questionnaire to encourage them to engage in all of the unique exhibits. On the other side of the museum, handmade "astronaut hats" made out of aluminum foil are offered to be worn during the visit.

Sixth-grader Alia Killsree researched and put together the large text on the walls describing the Big Bang, which she described as "very interesting."

Kindergarteners designed space aliens and a space shuttle and built a planetarium out of cardboard that sat in the middle and invited the curious.

The school's library provided related material, and the school's art teacher painted an alien and astronaut display where people could poke their heads through and play the part.

In one corner, an exhibit displayed the Arapaho creation story, which was narrated by student Kaitlyn Betts.

The museum is part of the project base learning curriculum and will stay open for two weeks.

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