EAST STROUDSBURG — East Stroudsburg Area School District science teacher Joe Fluhr found a great way to teach his student about space: send them there.
Okay, they didn’t actually make the trip, but this collage photo showing all 800 students at Lehman Intermediate school did.
Now it’s back after 125 days aboard the International Space Station.
“Oh I didn’t believe it. I was like wow, really?? That’s amazing!” said eighth grader Christian Perlaza.
Photos up in Mr. Fluhr’s classroom are proof of the journey. The collage photo of all the students sits on the windowsill of the space station looking out at earth. Mr. Fluhr sent a childhood toy along too.
“To actually pull this off and get these items to the international space station to get them 53 million miles later for them to come back is truly incredible,” said science teacher Joe Fluhr.
The teacher who has always been fascinated by space was able to use some connections to set up this journey with a Russian cosmonaut.
“At first I couldn’t believe he was able to do that and the pictures weren’t real but as we got more into it I was really mind blown by what he was doing,” said eighth grader Jordan Ramdial.
This little guy did have some test flights before his big mission to space. Mr. Fluhr has launched him on rockets like this one for class. That’s nothing like it went through heading up to space, all those miles away.
“To look up at night and see that big bright star-like object and know that I had my childhood toy on board that thing was just amazing,” said Fluhr.
He had the kids looking up to track the space station too. The students said the photos and this experience really peaked their interest in science.
“I’ve been learning a lot things that I didn’t think was interesting but then him doing that and everything my teacher has been teaching me, it’s really awesome,” said eighth grader Destiny Mathieu.
They’ll never look up at space the same.