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Bethel High School students participate in the NASA eClipsTM Spotlite Design Challenge

Twenty-five rising sophomores at Bethel High School recently completed the NASA eClips TM
Spotlite Design Challenge as a part of an Academies of Hampton Extended Learning Program
partnership with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).

Betsy McAllister, Hampton City Schools educator in residence at NIA, and Joan Harper-Neely, NIA STEM education specialist, introduced students to the Spotlite Design Challenge that tasked collaborative teams to create a 90-120 second video to confront a common science misconception. Misconceptions chosen by teams included: 1) Gravity requires an atmosphere or air;  2) Water only evaporates from oceans and lakes; 3) Air must be involved for sound to be transmitted; 4) All soil has been around since Earth formed.; 5) Energy is lost in energy transformations.

Student teams researched the correct science, wrote scripts, created storyboards and video rough cuts. Teams received feedback at each stage of the challenge from Extended Learning Coordinator Sherry Murphy and teachers Kesha Lucas, Merita Frazier, William Ochenfeld, Amaris Rice and Lauren Emory, as well as McAllister, Harper-Neely and members of the NASA eClips TM Team.

To garner video production tips, students took a field trip to WHRO studios and worked with Professor Willie Moore of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. In addition to developing video production skills, students broadened their science content knowledge and increased communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.
Students also gained valuable life and career experience through presenting their videos to
patrons at the Willow Oaks and main Hampton Public Library, as well as visitors to the Virginia Children’s Museum.

As a culmination of the design challenge, students presented their videos to a distinguished panel that included Ann Cherry and Phyllis Henry (School Board members), Kellie Goral (HCS executive director of public relations and marketing), Ralph Saunders (Bethel principal), Lisa Ann Wilson (Spratley Gifted Center digital media teacher), James Ruffin (Bethel teacher), Sherry Hildebrandt (academies coach at Bethel), Betsy McAllister (HCS educator in residence at NIA), and Raschelle Guilliams and Chebet Bucker (NIA interns and HU strategic communication students). Final videos will be submitted for NASA review and approved videos will be included on the NASA eClips TM website.

At the Academies of Hampton annual dinner on June 18, the National Institute of Aerospace’s Center for Integrative STEM Education was given an Academies of Hampton Extended Learning Partners of Excellence Award for their partnership with Bethel’s Extended Learning Program.

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