Welcome!

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The Explorers are made up of around 30 (depending on football season, soccer season, baseball season, cheerleading, and who happens to be in the drama club at the moment!) fifth grade students at an elementary school in Huber Heights, Ohio. All club members share an interest in exploring science and nature through direct experiences such as experiments, projects, and special activities.

The Explorers are overseen by Mr. Rick Ramsey, a 3rd grade teacher at the school. He established the group for students who have a desire to investigate the world around them. The group’s purpose is to give members a deeper understanding of the wonders of science and nature.

Here on our site, our most recent activities are highlighted just below, while a longer list of recent activities appears at the bottom of this home page. For a full list of stories about our meetings, click on Articles in the drop-down Resources menu at the top of this page. Also in the Resources menu is a choice for links to many science-oriented sites. Photo galleries of our activities can be found in the Galleries menu above.

Have a look around, and thanks for visiting!

Hey, Even NASA Started With Suborbital Flights

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In April and May the Explorers built and launched their own rockets. While they did not quite reach orbital velocity, every new space program has to start small. Perhaps one day we will look back on this as the beginning of “one small step for an Explorer, one giant leap for studentkind.”

"Permanent" Ink? Not Quite

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On a muddy and windy day that delayed our planned rocket launches (just like NASA, we have some tight weather parameters!) the Explorers turned instead to an activity that allowed them to create some truly unique shirts for themselves.

Now You See It, Now You Don't

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The Explorers spent some time in March discovering that maybe your eyes don’t lie—but under certain conditions they can conspire with your brain to fool you.

Spin Cycle

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In March the Explorers investigated the relationship between light and color—and found that you can not only split white light into all of the colors of the rainbow, you can also turn the rainbow back into white. Well, sort of, anyway.

A Taste of the Wild Blue Yonder

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In February, the Explorers took a break from a 2-part project to meet a special guest speaker who described his experiences flying higher and faster than most of us will ever dream of doing.

Current weather

OH - Dayton / Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Overcast
  • Overcast
  • Temperature: 69.8 °F / 21 °C
  • Wind: Southwest, 10.4 mph
  • Pressure: 1008 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 100 %
  • Visibility: 16.1 km
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Sun, 08/21/2016 - 02:58