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This science experiment is out of this world - literally! Lodi USD students are comparing the growth of a plant in their classroom to the growth of the same kind of plant - on the International Space Station.

Author: Becca Habegger

Published:11:34 PM PST December 1, 2017


It's a science project that's out of this world. Hundreds of Lodi Unified School District students are working with the International Space Station. They're studying how microgravity impacts the growth of plants. When astronaut Scott Kelly returned from a year aboard the International Space Station in March of 2016, they compared him to his twin brother, to see how low gravity - also known as microgravity - affects the human body


Students at Lodi USD's Christa McAuliffe Middle School are growing that exact same plant in similar conditions, with the addition - of course - of Earth's gravity."I really feel the ExoLab is getting the kids excited," science teacher Samantha McCoy told ABC10 in her classroom. "They do want to look at it, and we look at it, like, everyday." "It's very interesting how we can actually compare something that's going on in space to Earth," added McCoy's student, seventh grader Casmir Gebai.


ExoLab comes from a Berkeley-based company called Magnitude.io. CEO Ted Tagami was at Lodi USD's Creekside Elementary Friday, teaching kids about the project. "Our challenge really was to get access to extraordinary experiences for students that normally wouldn't have that opportunity," he told ABC10. "So what can we do to impart excitement, curiosity and encourage these young people that there is a future beyond what they might think of as their future? I think there are some very ambitious young people, and we want to keep that curiosity alive."


That's why ExoLab is in elementary, middle schools, and high school classrooms alike. Lodi USD has 15 teachers using the project, teaching a total of some 300 students. And Tagami said ExoLab is in a total of seven states, plus some other countries. Students in Stockton and Manteca are also working with Magnitude.io.


The hands-on lesson has students and teachers excited. "I think because we have the nametag of NASA associated with it, it makes it a little bit more real, in terms of science," said Jenn Buck, Tokay High School science teacher. "They're actually a little more engaged in terms of doing the background research to come up with a genuine hypothesis." "We never really thought about this before," said Buck's student, 10th grader Iram Ali. "I didn't really care much about space or plants, but I feel like this experiment really increased my want to learn about these topics," said 10th grader Fernando Ochoa. "It's very cool and interesting how we can see how the plants are growing in space and on Earth," added Kadence Gruno, a seventh grader. Rebecca Pisano is a sixth-grade teacher at Creekside and discussed the device. "We actually have this little device that we connect to our computer that tells us when the space station is coming around, and so each time that that happens, they're like, 'Yes! There's our plant! There's our experiment,'" she told ABC10. 


The experiment is showing students the sky is not necessary the limit. That's not all Lodi USD is doing with Magnitude.io. The two plan on having students build and launch a full-sized satellite into orbit in 2020!

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Why Learn To Digitize?

Be it a hurricane, a tornado, or a wildfire, every family should have an emergency plan. Not only is it important to know how to get out of your house safely and where to meet up with loved ones, it's also important to have pictures of everything. Taking good clear pictures is a skill. When you take a picture of a worksheet to turn in on Google Classroom, it needs to be as easy to read as the original worksheet. The upside to digitizing your paper-based assignments is that you always have a back-up plan for when your dog eats your homework.


The PTSA is looking for parents that are interested in joining the Christa McAuliffe PTSA board for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The board includes: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and historian. However, there are many other ways to help your PTSA as well: Book Fair, 8th Grade Dance, Carnival, Promotion, Staff Luncheon, fundraising, First Day Packets, and the Student Store. If you can help our PTSA in any way, please contact Lisa Jerue at cmms3880@gmail.com for details. 

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Out with the Old, In with the New


There were a lot of awesome things on our homepage.in 2016. Most you can find on the "McAuliffe Archive" page. Others may be found on the "Leadership Class" and "PTSA" pages. Time for new content for our home page. 


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4 - Composition Books, (“Sturdy” Spiral Notebooks are OK, double-spiral)

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1 – Expo Marker (Black or Blue, preferred)

1 – Package of Index Tabs

1 – Package of Index Cards

1 – Red Pen

2 – Blue/Black Pens

1 – Package of Binder Paper (Ex. 150 sheets)

2 – Mechanical Pencils

1 Set – Colored Pencils (12)

1 Set – Colored Markers (8)

1 – Highlighter

1 - Pair of Closed-Toed Shoes Suitable for PE (Gym, Running, Walking)

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Where Did It Go?

Yes, indeed the Christa McAuliffe Home Page has been revamped. Please take a look at the left-hand Navigation. There are some new additions. The McAuliffe Archive has many of our old favorites as well as stories that will return to our Home Page when they are needed.  The webmaster thinks it's time that we identify some special groups and places at our school; each of these has a new page totally devoted to them. A few others will be coming soon. The PTSA section has also been updated and now has it's own Archive. The entire Christa McAuliffe family is welcome to join in the fun of contributing to our website. If interested, please contact Mrs. Snider. 

Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe was a teacher from New Hampshire who was selected from among more than 11,000 applicants to be the first teacher in space. She died in 1986 in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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Founded in 1967, California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) fosters high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship in the middle grades. CJSF emphasizes service to school and the community while fostering pride in scholastic achievement. 


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2. Download the application, use the Adobe Editor, and email your completed form to Mrs. Atterberry.


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