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Crusaders Blast Off to MIT



MIT groupCrusaders from three Providence middle schools are reaching for the stars – literally! Since September, 50 seventh graders have been attending our afterschool science workshops in astronomy, held in partnership with URI’s Pathways for Success in Science and Technology program. They researched the solar system, modeled clay planets, worked with astrophotography from Harvard University’s Chandra space telescope, and created three-panel multimedia displays to showcase what they learned. On Saturday, December 12, a group of them packed up all their materials and traveled to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to participate with other students in the 7th Annual Astronomy in the City event. At MIT, they enjoyed a planetarium show, science theater, and lots of astronomy exhibits. They also presented their own work and earned certificates in the Youth Astronomy Exploration Award!

Thanks to the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research for inviting our students to take part. Thanks also to Kim Pond, Jennifer Olsen, and Kira Haining of URI for all the great hands-on workshops they provided for Crusaders this fall. And congratulations to all the Crusaders who went on the MIT trip: Mecca Abdul-Hasib, Maria Alvarez, Abel Arias, Patrick Canahuate, Paola Colon, Nasheiry Espanol, Kailynn Figueroa, Madheline Gomez, Pedro Gonzalez, Roxanne James, Carlos Javier, Markella Martinez, Vianka Molina, Kevin Montero, Lillian Morales, Emmanuel Perez, Selenia Pettaway, Roberto Pichardo, Denesse Salazar, Laureane Santana, and Tyrelle Townsend.

Above, Advisor Kristina Moyet and four Crusaders from Roger Williams Middle School pose with their astronomy exhibits at MIT.

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