Stars Align for Students in Spartan Country

On Saturday, October 8, students Reached for the Stars at the annual GRPS MSU tailgate and football game. This wasn’t your typical football outing, though. In addition to the sporting experience, the students had the opportunity to get hands-on with science.

More than 150 students from four elementary schools boarded Dean Trailways buses bound for East Lansing. They arrived on campus to cheers from both current MSU students and from our very own West Michigan Spartans alumni.

The day included a special presentation at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium. At one point, the planetarium monitor asked our group, “Who here is planning to go to college?” The room erupted with a chorus of “ME!”

Later, students from the MSU Science Theatre club regaled students with inspiring experiments—including how to make elephant toothpaste. The MSU Science Theatre, started in 1991, features current graduate and undergraduate students as ambassadors of science literacy in the community. From stage presentations to hands-on activities, the group’s goal is to introduce our next generation to the wonders of science.

Of course, the day included visits from some favorite special guests, including Sparty and the MSU cheer team, followed by the excitement of watching the MSU Spartans take on the Brigham Young Cougars at Spartan Stadium. It was an amazing day filled with fun and learning.

2016 marked the 7th Annual GRPS Tailgate & Game at MSU thanks to a generous partnership with Michigan State University, the West Michigan Spartans, Dean Transportation, Joan & Peter Secchia, Don VanDine & Wells Fargo, B. John Essex & Port City Group, The Kirk Gibson Family, and Integrity Marketing Products.

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