Students at Lakeside Elemenatry School embark on an exciting voyage to space as part of a unique educational experience designed by PSU Technology Education students.

Students at Lakeside Elemenatry School embark on an exciting voyage to space as part of a unique educational experience designed by PSU Technology Education students.

A group of PSU technology education majors took an entire elementary school into outer space this year. It’s a trip they’ll never forget.

The students at Lakeside Elementary School explored a lost planet, used robots to retrieve space rocks and searched for the lost crew of a previous mission. This amazing journey was possible because PSU technology education students designed and built a unique educational experience that filled the school gymnasium.

Mike Neden, an associate professor in the Department of Technology and Workforce Learning, said the annual project gives the PSU students experience they’ll use in the classroom, especially for those on track to become technology teachers.

“This gives our students a chance to practice new and interesting ways of teaching important concepts to school children,” Neden said. “It also helps them to learn about building displays that illustrate those concepts.”

“It is a huge undertaking,” Neden said, “but the result is educational not only for the elementary school students, but also for the university students.”