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U.S. Skydiving Team drops in on Orcas Christian School

Team USA skydiver Scott Meek lands at the Orcas Christian School. National team members displayed their talents over Eastsound Sept. 25. - Barbara Laursen
Team USA skydiver Scott Meek lands at the Orcas Christian School. National team members displayed their talents over Eastsound Sept. 25.
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On Monday, Sept. 24 at 2:10 p.m., members of the US Skydiving Team jumped from 8,000 feet.

They left their planes over Madrona Point, did several free fall maneuvers before tracking away from each other and deploying their chutes at 3000 feet. They flew their canopies down Prune Ally, made a left at the Healing Arts Center and landed in the sports field at Orcas Christian School.

The skydivers average 3,500 jumps apiece and accumulated over 200 hours of free fall time.

The Christian School is studying air and space this semester. Part of the integrated curriculum used by the teachers features hands-on demonstrations and examples that show real applications of what the students are learning.

Tom Roosma, principal, explained that some of the first through third graders were doing problems like: ?If the parachute you saw today has a forward speed of 24 mph., and they land into a 10 mph wind, what is their speed across the ground? How far would they travel in 20 minutes??

The upper grades face problems in math and geometry in which teacher Josh Eno asks: ?How long will it take a body falling through space to reach terminal velocity? If you fall at 120 mph, how many feet/second will you travel? How many seconds will you fall in 4000 feet??

Scott Meek, captain of the dive, landed dead center in the sports field. Kent Lane and Laura Maddock did a canopy stack that looked like a biplane and brought it down for a soft landing in the end zone.

After the jump, students watched videos of some dives that the team performed in competitions around the world. The skydivers have jumped over the Great Wall of China, El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, and the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

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