Texas Orbit Earth Expo Program
Orbit Earth Expo launched in Texas in 2009 and has been amazing students all over the state ever since! Students journey into space to create and experience the cycles, systems and relationships between the earth, moon and sun using our 16’ Earth model and 4’ moon. Students interact with the inflatable representations in a darkened gymnasium with a light to represent the sun, manipulating the models to experience eclipses, seasonal/lunar cycles, creation of winds, day/night cycles, tides, rotation vs revolution, physical characteristics of the earth, moon and sun, gravity, order of the planets, seasons and more! Program takes place in a darkened gymnasium and correlates to each grade levels’ Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) K-8th grade. There are different age-appropriate programs for each grade level.
Orb, along with his Sun George and his appropriately scaled moon, travel to schools with their teacher friend, Deb Kure. Studying Geology at the University of Rochester sparked Deb’s love of learning and teaching through field trips and outreach programs! She has since led science programs in urban, rural, and wilderness settings, in a wide range of ecosystems! Deb directs the Nature Program at Camp Pemigewassett in New Hampshire in the summer, and is excited to engage student groups with Rocky & Orb in Texas during the school year.