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Science teachers have all the fun




With a smile that big, how could we resist? Pictured above is Steve Crandall, an eighth-grade science teacher at Inverness Middle School and president of the Florida Association of Science Teachers. He was floating inside a refitted Boeing 727 at the Kennedy Space Center Sunday, one of 22 teachers selected to participate in an experience offered by the Stephen Hawking Microgravity Education and Research Center.

Crandall replicated experiments his students had developed in class to test hypotheses involving microgravity. Truth be told, we're not sure what microgravity is (though we can all learn by clicking here), but the experiments involved pendulums, a spinning toy and paper whirlybirds. Videotapes will be available in a few weeks so Crandall's students can see what happened and decide what experiments to do next.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter; Photo courtesy of Space Florida and the Zero Gravity Corp.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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