Sapphire enjoys Moon Night

on April 25, 2019

On the evening of March 22, 2019, the Sapphire Elementary School cafeteria was transformed into a lunar landing zone in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The event coincided with Star Lab week, where every child had the opportunity to learn about stars and constellations in a planetarium on loan through BOCES.

Approximately 80 families enjoyed Moon Night at Sapphire. Children learned what is is like to be an astronaut by playing reduced gravity basketball (with balloons), eating food from a bag (pudding), drinking Tang (powdered orange juice that was invented for space travel), building Legos wearing thick gloves like astronauts wear in space, and working on a paper maze lying on their backs the way astronauts do in their space capsule.

Students also learned about the moon by making their own craters, building a scale model of Earth and the moon, calculating their weight on the moon, and making their own paper space shuttle to fly back to an Earth target hanging on the wall. A few children even braved the cold to play on the playground in the moonlight.

Thanks to the Sapphire PTA for a fun family experience and to the ten National Honor Society students from the high school who volunteered their time helping with all the activities. #mwfam

  • students holding balloons