Marsville and Bio Dome Projects Take Place in Foothills Schools

Marsville and Bio Dome Projects Take Place in Foothills Schools

Ecole Senator Riley Middle School

On February 26, teacher Cliona Curran’s Grade 6 students hosted the first ever “Marsville” event at École Senator Riley Middle School. Students have been learning about objects in our universe, specifically looking at planets and moons in our solar system. A research project that had students examine the potential for travelers to live on their chosen moon or planet wrapped up with the construction of plastic bio domes. The students then conducted presentations for staff, students and other visitors, including Trustee Laurie Copland. Special thanks to High River Home Hardware and Shawnessy Home Depot for donating supplies, and the High River Times for covering the event!

Senator Riley students in their bio dome with an “asteroid” and their project on Ceres, the closest dwarf planet to the Sun, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter
Senator Riley students in their bio dome with an “asteroid” and their project on Ceres, the closest dwarf planet to the Sun, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

Red Deer Lake School

Earlier in February, Grade 6 students at Red Deer Lake School wrapped up their Sky Science unit with their own “Marsville” project. Teacher Shelley Van Horne says the students worked in small groups to research a planet or celestial body, answer nine guiding questions, and then develop a presentation about the planet they colonized. Like the students at Senator Riley, RDL students then presented their projects and bio domes to their fellow students.

Success is all in the details as Red Deer Lake students prep their bio dome
Success is all in the details as Red Deer Lake students prep their bio dome
More RDL students celebrate the rising of their bio dome “on Jupiter”, a giant gas planet that is the largest in our solar system, and has 62 known moons according to NASA
More RDL students celebrate the rising of their bio dome “on Jupiter”, a giant gas planet that is the largest in our solar system, and has 62 known moons according to NASA