Article from "The Union" by Staff Writer Emily Lavin
Grass Valley's Lyman Gilmore School celebrates namesake during Flight Day
and students at Lyman Gilmore Middle School on Wednesday celebrated the
third annual flight day in honor of the school’s namesake, aviation
pioneer Lyman Wiswell Gilmore Jr.
longtime Grass Valley resident who died in 1951 at the age of 77, made
several significant contributions to aviation technology in the early
20th century. Gilmore was granted two patents on steam engines and built
a commercial airfield on what is today the Lyman Gilmore athletic
claimed to have piloted a successful steam-powered flight on May 17,
1902 — more than a year before the Wright brothers were credited with
building the world’s first airplane and successfully completing the
first powered human flight on Dec. 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina. Gilmore’s claim remains unconfirmed.
However, that hasn’t stopped the school from celebrating his legacy.
As in the past two years, the day began with performances from the Lyman Gilmore Band as well as flyovers from 13 aircraft.
students took to the school’s field and blacktop to participate in more
than a dozen science, technology and engineering activities moderated by
community groups and school staff, from shooting off homemade bottle
rockets to piloting a flight simulator to powering a Shamancycle, a
10-person bike decorated as an eagle.
students said the day exposed them to new ideas and experiences, such as
learning more about how planes take flight or how pedaling a bike could
power a blender and produce a smoothie.
They also enjoyed the opportunity to be outside and participate in hands-on activities.
Jose Bermudez noted the fresh air, and said walking from station to
station on the blacktop was a nice change of pace from the typical
school day. “It gets old in the classroom looking at the same stuff
every day,” Bermudez said.
Sikoya Law said she liked that many of the activities required the
students to build something or complete an action to see an end result.
“(The activities) grab your attention out here, with what they look like, and what they feel like,” Law said.
For Law and sixth-grader Marley Porter, the highlight of the day was the flyovers that kicked off the event.
“It’s cool that they did that just for us,” Porter said.
“The planes were pretty amazing,” she said.
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Lyman Gilmore Middle School eighth-grader Bailey Lawson prepares to
launch a homemade bottle rocket across the school's field. On Wednesday,
the school's staff and students participated in science, engineering
and technology activities as part of the school's third annual flight
day, which celebrates local aviation pioneer and the school's namesake,
Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr. .
Lyman Gilmore Middle School
sixth-grader Jacob Navo considers which block he can remove from the
stack without causing the stack to fall over. . On Wednesday, the
school's staff and students participated in science, engineering and
technology activities as part of the school's third annual flight day,
which celebrates local aviation pioneer and the school's namesake, Lyman
Wiswell Gilmore, Jr.
Lyman Gilmore students pedal a 10-person Shamancycle led by Jeff
Carver, a member of Grass Valley's The Curious Forge maker space, at the
the school's third annual flight day, celebrating aviation pioneer and
the school's namesake Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr.
Lyman Gilmore Middle School
sixth-graders Aiden Mitchell, left, and Josh Grassick load pennies into
tin foil boats they created to see which boat will hold the most weight.