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Grand Canyon National Park Video Conference


With two expert park rangers to guide us, Ms. Smith and Ms. Sanford’s 3rd grade students took a live virtual fieldtrip to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona today. Students took on the roles of various plants and animals in our ecosystem. They acted out their assigned roles and discovered whether or not they would fossilize.


Students learned that snakes die and rot and pine trees die and dry up. We discovered that a predator’s footprint will fossilize and fish become buried in the sediment and became fossils as well. Throughout the conference students learned about fossils, how hard it is for something to become a fossil, paleontologists, ancient life fossils at the Grand Canyon, and had time to ask questions of the park rangers in Arizona.


Video Conferencing is a great resource we offer at HFE to enhance the classroom curriculum. We visit The Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Science, and often you can find us learning about space with our friends at NASA!

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National Park Service Video Conference Resources

VC ResourcesWould you like to take your kids to the Grand Canyon? How about to Death Valley Park? Check out the link below for FREE virtual  videoconferences that we can setup.

Mapping the Moon with Wall-E

Fist graders are currently studying the moon. To extend their knowledge Ms. Smith scheduled a virtual field trip to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Our first stop was to meet Erin and WAll-E at the Fight Center. Next, we learned about astronauts, satellites, space shuttles, why our Earth is so important, and much more.

Currently, the Goddard Space Flight Center has 60 satellite missions taking place in space. Students learned that we mainly use technology in the form of satellites to explore space more often than we use astronauts. Erin assured students that in 2030 they’re sending a special group of people to Mars. They learned if they study hard they can become astronauts and travel to Mars.

It takes 2 years to travel to Mars and back. Students learned that one purpose of the satellite missions is to look for water. Students were  asked, “How do we use water everyday here on Planet Earth?” Responses included: watering plants, to stay clean, swimming, creeks, and most importantly to stay healthy. In order for astronauts to travel to Mars they will need a water source. Using the data collected from satellites scientist will discover where and if water exists before they take on this endeavor.

How do we use water everyday on our planet Earth?

How do we use water everyday on our planet Earth?

What do you think of when you hear the word NASA?

What do you think of when you hear the word NASA?

Have you seen the man in the moon?

NASA Moon VideoConferenceLearning about the moon in first gradeFirst grade students take a virtual field trip to the moon with Mr. Talley our friend at NASA. Students were asked, “Have you ever seen the man in the moon?” This led to a great discussion about using our imagination to see shapes in the moon. We also learned that our moon is the fifth biggest moon, what degree it takes to be an astronaut, what gravity is, and much more.

Virtual Field Trips ~To Space and Back Before Lunch~

Virtual Fieldtrip

Video Conference With NASA

Taking virtual field trips at HFE is one of the most engaging activities for our students. They love all the places they get to go especially when we travel to space with Wall-E. We also take virtual field trips with the museums below.

NC Museum of History

NC Museum of Natural Science


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