Thanks to a generous donation over the summer by Ross Sandberg of Obscuriosityshop.com, Mr. Booker’s 7th graders at Bates Middle School were able to have a “hands-on” learning experience with a replica 14th century astrolabe during their study of the Age of Exploration. Students simulated finding their latitude using the North Star by taking aim with the astrolabe at the top of the BMS flagpole.