Straight-faced, clipboard-toting investors made no sign of emotion as they clicked their mechanical pencils and took notes as they listened to a pitch made on behalf of their classmates at R.D. White Elementary School.
Narine Ambartzumyan’s assignment called for students to work in groups of four — one as an astronomer, one as a travel agent, another as a rocket ship designer and the last as a space suit designer — to create intriguing outer space vacation packages with which they would lure savvy investors.
Plans were laid out in brochures and drawings detailing space suit functionality, travel length and music selections on board. Students spent four weeks researching the planets in order to create rockets and space suits able to overcome physical challenges.
One group, with Edgar Avetisian as astronomer, Michael Khachatryan as space suit designer, Allen Terteryan as travel agent and Shahan Derbedrosian as rocket designer, pitched a $500,000 package to Venus that would take one year of travel to the planet and another year of return travel to Earth. Their rocket would be equipped with a spa, five bathrooms, a buffet and an arcade. Once at Venus, a $200 fee would cover the cost for a lava skating excursion.