B.C. students’ project goes into space

Students and their teacher celebrate. From left to right:  Kieren O'Neill, Hunter Galbraith, teacher Sharmane Baerg, Ryan Watson and Jordan Brown Photo by Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week

Students and their teacher celebrate.
From left to right: Kieren O’Neill, Hunter Galbraith, teacher Sharmane Baerg, Ryan Watson and Jordan Brown
Photo by Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and Kamloops This Week
by Nila Gopaul

Listen to “B.C. students’ project goes into space” – Level 3
Reading by Corey Muench

Four boys from Kamloops, B.C.,
and their teacher are celebrating.
On January 10, 2015,
a rocket launched into space.
The rocket carried many things,
including the boys’ experiment.

At McGowan Park Elementary School,
the grade 7 boys and Ms. Baerg designed
a science project last year.
They entered a NASA* contest
and won!
The B.C. team was
the only Canadian team to win.
*NASA:  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The boys studied crystals.
They want to compare
crystal growth on Earth to
crystal growth in zero-gravity.

Their project is now at
the International Space Station,
431 km from Earth.

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International Space Station
Photo – NASA

Kaillie gets her wish

Kaillie Humphries waves to her fans. Photo by Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

Kaillie Humphries waves to her fans.
Photo by Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

Listen to “Kaillie gets her wish”- Level 2
Reading by Corey Muench

Kaillie gets her wish
Adapted by The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

Kaillie Humphries, 29,
is a Canadian bobsledder.
She is also an Olympic champion.
Kaillie has won two gold medals.

Four-man bobsled at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Photo – Public Domain

Four-man bobsled at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
Photo – Public Domain

The sport
Women’s boblsed became
a Winter Olympic sport in 2002.
It is a two-woman event.

Men’s bobsled became
an Olympic sport in 1924.
But men race on two-man and
four-man sleds.

A change
Kaillie wanted
to make bobsledding
the same for men and women.
So she pushed for change.

In September 2014,
Kaillie got her wish.
Now men and women can race together
in two and four-person bobsleds.

It also means women’s teams
can race against men’s teams.

Elephants know the voices of their enemies

intelligence-of-elephants

An African elephant listens carefully.
Elephants can tell which humans might be dangerous to them.
(Photo courtesy of Karen McComb)

Level 3
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson

Can you recognize different languages?
Do you say, “Oh, that sounds like Spanish,”
or “That sounds like French.”
Can you do it
when you do not understand the words?
Elephants can!

Listen to the story Elephants know the voices of their enemies. Reading by Nila Gopaul-Level 3

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