Meadowlark students’ posters headed for a rocket

Meadowlark students’ posters headed for a rocket

Three posters created by classes at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School during the 2011-12 school year are on display at the Lawrence Public Library through the end of August, and will eventually end up adorning the outside of a Saturn V rocket in Alabama. The three panels, each about 2 feet by 2 feet, are part of the Dream Rocket Project, created by Topeka artist Jennifer Marsh.

Meadowlark science teacher Dena Ebel and art teacher Sue Banker worked together on the project during the last school year, Ebel said.

“She worked with them on making the panels, and in my class, we talked about the science part, about the rockets,” Ebel said.

One poster depicts an aquatic bird, another a tree, and the third has Earth in the center, surrounded by students’ handprints and the statement: “Leave a small print – conserve.”

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How can I make a difference?  

In 2008, a group of educators and artists formed the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) a non-profit organization with a mission to create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular programming for individuals and their communities. 
IFC’s current initiative, The Dream Rocket Project, started in 2009 has exhibited submissions in over 105 venues; in 2014 submissions will be connected side by side to wrap a 363’ Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL (48’ taller than the Statue of Liberty). 
With every artwork received a student has had to ask; what is my dream for my future, and the future of my community and our world? How can students across our nation with many skills collaborate to make a difference? How can creativity and other subjects such as space, technology, science, and leadership inspire innovation? How can I make a difference?  

The Dream Rocket Project: www.thedreamrocket.com 

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