Happy Birthday to the IKS Titan

Happy Birthday

It’s amazing how fast time flies!  It’s already been one full year since the IKS Titan was unveiled at Shaler Area Elementary.  In the short space of 12 months thousands of students, teachers, and thought leaders in education have passed through its airlock to embark on fantastic journeys of discovery!

We’ve already highlighted how the IKS Titan has been featured in numerous conferences, articles, and videos, and how it’s hosted delegations from the Smithsonian, out of state, and all over the Pittsburgh region… but to truly celebrate the IKS Titan, we want to share a glimpse at how it’s touching the lives of students on a daily basis at Shaler Area Elementary.


Take Elisa, a 6th grader at Shaler Area Elementary, for example.  For an assignment in her reading class she read about the Titanic and pulled from a variety of other resources for a special project.  She interpreted information and charts to see if the Titanic was prepared for an emergency, read about and compared the Lusitania to the Titanic, and analyzed video clips of survivors.   Elisa wrote this fantastic paper that provided her with a “ticket” onto the Lusitania mission in the IKS Titan.

And Elisa isn’t the only one.  Lots of students have been inspired by the simulator to write incredible stories and reports.


And teachers are going the extra mile with the IKS Titan as well.  For example, Ms. Campbell and Mr. Churilla recently took their class inside the Titan for a trip through the blood stream to learn about fluid dynamics as part of their 5th grade Motion and Design unit.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and we can’t wait to see what adventures students and teachers will have aboard the IKS Titan next!

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