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April 27, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Imagination Station

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On Thursday, April 27, TRECA Digital Academy students made a return trip to Imagination Station! Students visited the IDEA lab, a tinkering space where they could put their science, art, engineering, and design ideas to work. This time around, students were tasked with making pinball machines out of cardboard and other materials. Mind Zone was another popular area where they learned about the way our mind perceives the world. The space is specifically designed to challenge mind's in fun and surprising ways. Students could defy gravity in the Distorted Gravity Room, boggle their mind with optical illusions, and distort perception in the Ames Room. It's always a fun time at the Imagination Station!

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April 26, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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On Wednesday, April 26, TRECA Digital Academy students visited the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Students and families had a 90-minute guided tour of the aquarium. They explored many exhibits that ranged from rescued tortoises to an 11,000 gallon stingray touch pool. They also walked through a 175 foot sea tube that takes you to the ocean floor where barracuda, grouper, and shark swim overhead! There are more than 1,400 animals representing 250 species. Students learned about aquatic life and conservation, and what they can do to help. Students then ended the day with a presentation on sharks! They learned how sharks are tracked, the important role they play in the biome, and why we study them.

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March 03, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the American Whistle Corporation

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On Friday, March 3, TRECA Digital Academy students participated in a tour of the American Whistle Corporation! American Whistle Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States! Students learned who buys whistles and why, and then saw the process of manufacturing a whistle from raw material to the packaged product. The whistles are made out of solid brass in order to deliver a consistent high frequency, rich demanding alarm that commands attention. They are also the only manufacturer of rubber Safe-T-Tips in the United States. This rubber cover slips over the mouthpiece of the whistle and protects the teeth and lips from impact and extremes in temperature. Students were able to see mechanical engineering at work in one-of-a-kind machines. And now we know, how the ball gets inside the whistle! 

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February 28, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the National Air Force Museum

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On Tuesday, February 28, TRECA Digital Academy students participated in a tour of the National Air Force Museum! We started our visit by watching the movie Aircraft Carriers 3D. This was a 30 minute film that showed the demanding and dangerous skills required to operate an aircraft carrier. We then completed a 'highlights' scavenger hunt that took us from the first flight to modern jet aircraft. We toured several different galleries and learned various things about military aircraft, technological advancements and several facts about key people who lost their lives in various battles. Students learned about the different types of aircraft that were used in Korea and Southeast Asia and what the different types were used for. We also had the opportunity to visit the new section of the museum where we learned about the presidential aircraft and toured a few of the past presidential planes! 

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February 23, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Imagination Station

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On Thursday, February 23, TRECA Digital Academy students visited the Imagination Station! Students had a great time exploring each of the Learning Worlds while learning about earth science, energy conservation, engineering and healthy habits. In Energy Factory, students received a glimpse into the world of oil refining and solar power. In Water Works, students learned about the slippery science of water and explored nature's most powerful resource. They learned about nutrition and exercise in Eat It Up and how the choices you make affect your body. The students could then get their hearts pumping as they ran in the Wheel of Fire! In the Mind Zone, students discovered how the mind processes, interprets and creates illusions and perceptions. We also had a few dare devils among us that rode the high wire cycle, which is 18 feet above ground, suspended on a one inch cable! Students also tried the BOYO! Using similar science principles to a classic yo-yo, they could try to propel up to 13 feet in the air. By the looks on their faces, this one was harder than it looked!

We also visited the special exhibit, LEGO Brick: Sky High Science. Students saw 13 large scale skyscrapers made entirely out of LEGO bricks (which by the way, are not glued together). Over half a million LEGO bricks, weighing 2,700 pounds was used for this exhibit. Students could also put their creativity to the test by building their own structures. To celebrate National Engineering Week, the museum was featuring Dowel Construction who hosted an architecture project: Students could use two tools, dowel rods and rubber bands, and let their imagination do the rest. We have some future engineers that had a great time with this!

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