BELLBROOK — Bellbrook Middle School seventh grade science students in Jennifer St. Pierre’s and Emily Cline’s classes had Tim Slauenwhite as their guest speaker for their astronomy unit Sept. 13.
Slauenwhite, a long-time Air Force employee, has worked for and with NASA (and a number of astronauts) through the Air Force. He enhanced students’ knowledge about space through his sharing of information, a demonstration, pictures and videos, and more. He reviewed Newton’s laws of motion, orbital motion with an orbital demonstration, satellites (man-made and natural), Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, and facts about the moon.
Students learned why there are tides on Earth, he reviewed that the moon rotates and revolves at the same speed which causes us to see the same side of the moon, and explained what causes the phases of the moon. Students were able to ask any questions they wanted and he shared lots of fun space facts with each class.
Slauenwhite has been a part of 27 rocket launches and shared about ones he helped design that were launched (rockets and satellites) in addition to important rocket launches in general that have occurred, past and present. All of the information shared connected with the information students have been studying in class about phases, eclipses, and tides while also connecting to their Challenger Learning Center trip about the moon.