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The Dark Side of the Earth

Mariana Monteiro

During our space month, secondary students had the opportunity to dive into a podcast about an astronaut's personal experience while on a mission. To make this a more exciting experience, students got to hear it in the orchestra pit, just beneath the theater stage, to recreate the deep darkness of space as described in the podcast. Astronaut David Wolf shared a thrilling story about how he and a colleague got locked out of their spacecraft and how both survived by using creative thinking and problem solving skills. His story was punctuated by sound and projection effects, keeping students engaged and hanging on to his every word. This was definitely an exciting experience to all who participated and got to understand better what an astronaut truly experiences during a spacewalk and how important problem solving skills are.