Mossville students get space lesson from special guest

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Trenton Arnold, center, looks through two cardboard tubes with colored cellophane filters to determine which makes objects look clearer. Looking through colored filters to determine which colors make object appear clearer was part of the lesson taught by Becky Jaramillo to Angie Gall’s third grade class at Mossville School April 8.

Students in Angie Gall’s third grade class were treated to a special lesson about the space and the Hubble Telescope April 8.

Becky Jaramillo, the curriculum and professional development coordinator for the National Institute of Aerospace, visited the class and talked about her work teaching students about the research conducted by NASA.

Jaramillo talked about discoveries made during space exploration. She soon had students up and walking like an astronaut in a space suit.

Wearing a space suit that doubles their weight, astronauts must walk with their knees bent — even with the change in gravity in space.

Through her work at the National Institute of Aerospace, Jaramillo produces educational video segments for students. She brought one of the videos she helped produce about the Hubble Telescope.

Jaramillo worked with the scientists at the Mission Control for the Hubble Telescope at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, near her work place at NASA’s Research Center in Langley, Va. to create the video.

Students learned that the body of the Hubble Telescope is about the size of a school bus. Moving at a speed of five miles a second, the Hubble Telescope makes a complete orbit of the Earth in 97 minutes.

They learned that the telescope uses different colored filters to better see different objects. Jaramillo led the students in an experiment to demonstrate how different colored filters allow objects to be seen clearer.

Each student was given the chance to look through five cardboard tubes with different colored cellophane filters at the end. The filters were the colors of the rainbow.

Students were asked to see which colors made posters across the room easier to see and which made the posters more difficult to see. The students soon learned that the ease of visibility followed the colors of the rainbow.

The colors with the longer wavelengths of light, like those on the longest color bands of the rainbow; red, orange and yellow were difficult to see through. Those colors with the shorter wavelength of light, such as violet and green, make objects across the room appear more crisp.

Jaramillo told students that is why violet light is used on the telescope to better capture images of objects that are far away and fast moving.

Jaramillo concluded her lesson by giving students a card with information about NASA eClips, a postcard of the International Space Station and a sticker of the NASA insignia - but they had to walk like an astronaut in a space suit to collect them.

Jaramillo came to the class at the invitation of Mossville faculty member Jo Trompeter. Jaramillo and Trompeter had previously taught together at Bellevue Grade School.

The NASA eClips Jaramillo helps produce are accessible through the NASA website at or

NASA eClips are described as, “Short, relevant educational video segments designed for a spectrum of learners. The programs are produced for targeted age groups including: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and the general public. New video segments are produced weekly, exploring recent and relevant applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics.”