The school’s meteor landing simulation sends thousands into a panic

An Australian school community panicked thousands after photos of a ‘meteor landing’ at the playground were posted online and shared worldwide.

Images of scientists in suits examining a rock from space that had ruptured the bitumen at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Lauderdale, near Hobart, led some to believe it was a real meteorite impact.

The story was picked up by a local radio station and pictures of the event made it as far as Sri Lanka.

However, the incredible event was less extraterrestrial and more educational as it was part of the school’s Meteorite Discovery Day, which was hosted for students.

“We’re trying to encourage inquiry-based learning for students, and we thought a great way to do that would be to do something pretty wild,” assistant principal Ben Morgan told NCA NewsWire.

Using an excavator and a boulder that looked particularly ‘out of this world’, local company Mansfield Builders created the realistic meteorite landing.

Pupils were shocked when they arrived at the school and saw a
Pupils were shocked when they arrived at the school and saw a “simulated learning activity” in the middle of the yard.
Corpus Christi Catholic School

Both Tasmanian Police and the local fire service were forced to declare the scene false after initial photos caused a stir.

“Lauderdale 4.1 and the police are at the scene of a meteorite that hit the front of the Corpus Christi Catholic School… The simulated set has certainly caught the attention of students and aspiring scientists. This was set up as a learning opportunity for a discovery day and is not #real!” the Lauderdale Fire Department said on Facebook.

“Police took part in a simulated meteorite landing at Corpus Christi Catholic School this morning – to support aspiring scientists in their Discovery Day learning opportunity,” Tasmania Police said in a statement.

Pupils were shocked when they arrived at the school on Monday to see the “simulated learning activity” in the middle of the courtyard.

The local police and fire department were forced to issue statements declaring the scene wrong.
The local police and fire department were forced to issue statements declaring the scene wrong.
Catholic School Corpus Christi)

“They were quite amazed when they got here and immediately started asking a lot of questions,” said Mr. Morgan.

The school was forced to issue a statement confirming the scene was fake after the initial photos went viral, causing a stir among those who thought a real meteor had struck the school.

“We didn’t expect it to be as big as it is on Facebook, it was even shared in Sri Lanka,” Mr Morgan said.

The school was praised for the unique experience, which also brought real scientists on board to help the children learn.

“There’s a lot to learn, the kids are working on how to remove it, they’re building machines that figure out how to lift it and how to measure it,” Mr Morgan said.

The local community got together to make this day at school truly one to remember, with police and firefighters on site to make the scenario as real as possible.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/26/schools-meteorite-landing-simulation-sends-thousands-into-a-panic/ The school’s meteor landing simulation sends thousands into a panic

JACLYN DIAZ

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