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DCS Montessori will leave its mark in space

Blue Origin, an aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company set up by the founder of, has a passion for space exploration.  DCSM students had the opportunity to participate in an upcoming rocket launch.  “This has been an exciting journey for the students and we are looking forward to the launch!” said Nicole Gassman, DCSM Middle School Science Teacher.

By Lynne Marsala Basche; photo courtesy of DCS Montessori

DCS Montessori (DCSM) students are working on a unique project under the expertise and guidance of DCSM parent and engineer Brian Gulliver.  Gulliver works for Blue Origin and has arranged for students to take part in a rocket launch.

Every seventh and eighth grade student is participating in the project, which is part of their science, math and art classes.  With four teams created, each student was assigned to a group with unique project tasks.  Team one is in charge of creating the payload, which includes the materials that will travel in the capsule.  Team two is designing the payload enclosure.  Team three is developing an art project for the elementary students to contribute so that each student at DCSM will have an opportunity to “leave their print” in space.  Team four is called “Educational Outreach,” and they will be educating the elementary students about the details of the launch.

The rocket is scheduled to launch into space and return to earth in late June.  It has been an exciting journey for the students, and all of DCSM is looking forward to the launch!



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