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Southside experience

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Students at Southside Elementary were visited recently by the Owsley Brown Portable Planetarium, a 360-degree total emersion experience and outreach program from the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. With real-time data interfaces, the planetarium experience is one the Southside staff felt was really important for the kids. With oohs and ahhs, every student in the school was able to move through the display over its 2-day stay. Classes sat on the floor and soared through the galaxy during an hour-long presentation. The content is directly aligned and designed around the framework for the new and upcoming Next Generation Science Standards. “It was amazing,” Principal Susie Burkhardt said. “Few things have really wowed me as much as this. We held our faculty meeting in the dome.” Students shared her amazement as jaws dropped and silence ensued once the presentation began. Fifth-graders also were taught about “Severe Weather” and were shown what environmental conditions are like on each planet in our solar system.