Performance by students will pay tribute to Challenger tragedy

Monday, February 20, 2017

In remembrance of the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle mission, more than 150 middle school students from Manhattan-Ogden public schools will present a multidisciplinary performance Thursday morning at the Cosmosphere.

The group will include band, orchestra and choral students. Original lyrics, music and script will pay homage to the seven astronauts who died and will tell how Challenger inspired the space program to continue pursuing exploration despite tragedy.

The Challenger launched on Jan. 28, 1986, but broke apart 73 seconds into its flight due to an unexpected mechanical failure, killing the crew.

According to a news release, Scott Freeby, director of bands for Eisenhower and Anthony middle schools, said the purpose of the performance is to demonstrate how the multidisciplinary teaming of teachers "immerses students in higher levels of discovery and learning – integrating involvement of multiple classrooms to bring holistic comprehension of an idea." He added, "Students who participate in this style of learning become collaborative workers, creative thinkers, innovators, self-directed learners, community contributors and effective communicators."

After their performance at 10 a.m., the students will spend the remainder of their day engaged in other learning opportunities and activities at the Cosmosphere.

Space will be limited to observe.