Walker Elementary time machine presents noted historic figures

Walker time machine

Ivan Acosta, Robby Kopp and Keenan Williamson portray Robert E. Lee, President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant discussing reconciliation at the end of the Civil War.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 15:22 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Walker Elementary School's TESSLAV time machine on its first public demonstration gushed groups of historic figures, one after the other, in a blaze of light, smoke and sound effects.

From Cleopatra and her sisters in 48 B.C. to astronauts Alan Shepherd, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1970, the time travelers, portrayed by nearly 30 third- through fifth-graders, shared brief biographical and historic backgrounds on themselves and the events surrounding them.

The Time Envelope Space Sharing Limited Access Vehicle itself was designed by fifth-grader Oliver Tuttle, who served as its operator and guard, adjusting the time "address" for each visitor.

"He's been working hard on this," proud mother Jan Tuttle said. "It's all his idea."

The TESSLAV event is a component of gifted-student teacher Liz Bears' WINGS program — Walker Inspires and Nurtures Gifted and talented Students.

It combined science, technology and history, along with a bit of performance art, into a Thursday evening show before a standing-room-only library full of parents, grandparents and siblings.

"If you can go faster than the speed of light, you can slow time down," Bears explained. "If you go super, super fast, you could reverse it."



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