On September 14, eighth grade humanities teacher Corey Paulson spoke at The Museum of Flight's "Celebrating Civics" ceremony. Ms. Paulson was honored as the State of Washington's Civic Educator of the Year and described how she fosters the civic engagement of her students through authentic participation in the legistative process.
We have a video link to Ms. Paulson's speech, which begins at the 14 min mark. Four OWS Class 2017 grads, Olivia Del Sarto, Quincy Eggert, Sage Khahuja, and Samantha Wineland are featured prominently in the Capitol Classroom documentary which begins at 25 min. Click here to go to the next page for access to the live video link.
In 2015 Open Window students in grades 4-8 developed microgravity experiments, one of which was selected to be conducted on the International Space Station. After many launch delays astronauts performed the experiment, designed by a team of three seventh graders, aboard the ISS in March 2017.
UPDATE: Q13 interviewed our SSEP team, watch story here.
UPDATE: The experiment is now onboard the ISS. Astronauts will begin conducting experiments while ground truth (control) experiments begin on Earth.
UPDATE: Sunday morning's launch was a success! If you missed it you can watch here on SpaceX's website or read about it here in the Bellevue Reporter. UPDATE: Launch delayed 24 hours, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19, 6:38AM (PT)
Though the launch was delayed, students were joined by reporter Ryan Takeo from King 5 to watch the countdown on Saturday morning before the sun came up on Cougar Mountain. Watch the segment here that aired Saturday evening capturing the moment the launch was scrubbed.
If you have not had a chance to pick up this month's 425 Magazine, grab one and flip to page 146 to read Lauren Foster's article "3...2...1...Blast Off!" about seventh graders Subi Lumala, Vivienne Rutherford and Catherine Whitmer and their SSEP Arabidopsis Project set to launch November 21, 2016, destination: International Space Station.
Also in the article are pictures and mention of the Mission Patches designed by lower school students, Cadence Ching and Sophia Sekits.
Inspired by a personal challenge, a group of five Open Window School seventh and eighth graders designed a concept for an app that would help those affected by neurological disorders by providing musical therapy for speech, movement, and memory rehabilitation. They submitted their idea, NeuroNote, to the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and were one of six schools in the entire western United States to win Best in Region.