John S. Battle GATE Students Visit Roanoke for a Day of Science

Two girls stand at a lab station with boys in the background.On Friday October 10 John S. Battle freshmen and sophomore GATE students visited Roanoke’s Science Festival.  The students toured the Science Museum of Western Virginia where they viewed rock and mineral samples, played video games using only their brain waves and received “instant snow” in a bottle.

Their next stop was at WDBJ’s Weather Fest. There the students met VA Tech Storm Chasers and viewed their tornado chasing vehicle, took part in a tornado simulation and were taught proper safety protocol for severe storms, some students even tried their hand at being a meteorologist in front of a green screen. The last stop on the visit was with NASA’s Spacey Casey. Students got to view what astronauts eat while in space as well as preview a model of NASA’s newest space shuttle and of course take pictures with Spacey Casey. The students had a great time learning about earth and space sciences and have brought back their experiences to their classmates. 

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Andrea Helton