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Inside the Earth; A school project

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
March 16, 1999
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868


Students at Seeley Lake Elementary and Cliff Nelson Junior High took turns visiting "inside the earth" Tuesday morning after this 24-foot diameter plastic globe was "blown up" by a simple box fan. Gayle Gordon picked up this idea and plans at a teachers' conference and brought it back for her fourth grade class. The project grew, however, and became more of a school-wide project with Mary Johnson's math and science students called upon for the math in figuring the longitude and lattitude lines.. The continents were painted on the clear, vinyl plastic and the globe made in two sections, the northern and southern hemispheres with "duct tape" binding the two halves together



March 16, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana



Students watched as the fan was turned on and the earth was blown up in the series of photos below. It took around 20 minutes to get fully inflated. Students entered the inside of the globe from a doorway slit in the side, closed that up and took in a different perspective of earth. G. Noland photos


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