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Northwoods students study space with actual pieces of the moon loaned from NASA
EAGLE RIVER - Most teachers will go to just about any length to get their students excited about a subject.

A fifth grade science teacher at Northland Pines Elementary School in Eagle River went out of her way and out of this world to inspire her students. 

"If you have an opportunity to have a priceless treasure in your classroom and literally give kids a piece of history and piece of something that they're never going to get again why wouldn't you?" said teacher Tami Davis. 

As Davis explains the lesson of the day an extra sense of anticipation runs through her students.

"I think we're all a little excited, myself included," said Davis.

They're all excited to not only learn about the moon and space exploration, but to study a physical piece of it.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. They're literally holding the moon in their hands," Davis said. 

NASA will loan out moon soil and rock samples to teachers for lesson plans. 

Davis had to go through a four-hour training session, an extensive application process, and an FBI background check before she could get the samples.

She says it's a little stressful, but worth it to see the looks on their faces. 

"Getting to hold them, look at them with the microscopes and everything. It's really cool to see moon rocks that I've never seen before," said fifth grader Breydon Peterson. 

The unique lesson captured the attention of these fifth graders.

"They want to learn it and it makes it real for them. It's just incredible," said Davis. 

The samples are so valuable, they have to be locked at the police station when not being used for lessons. 

Story By: Katie Thoresen


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