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Over the last 54 years, the story of the first and only cat to go to space has been largely forgotten. She deserves a proper memorial.
Over the last 54 years, the story of the first and only cat to go to space has been largely forgotten. She deserves a proper memorial.
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Schoolkids honouring Félicette

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I received a wonderful email which I wanted to share with you all.

It was from Emily, a teacher in northern Canada. After hearing about this Kickstarter campaign on CBC radio she used Félicette's story to discuss the ethics of using animals in research with her Grade 5 students. 

The students then went on to sculpt their own ideas in clay for what Félcitte's memorial could look like. 

Have a look at all their magnificent creations below, plus a few explanatory videos from the students on their designs.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

"For my sculpture I made a rocket body and added a head, feet, and a tail. I made it a bench and chair so people can interact with it more than a normal sculpture. In the design process it was difficult to decide if it was going to be a bench, chair, or a normal statue finally I decided on a bench but after I made a chair too." - Sarah

"Felicete was not honoured at all. The first dog in space was, and the first primate was too. This statue shows her on top of the rocket in space wearing a beret because she is French. She is on top of the rocket because she is the QUEEN OF CATS!!" - Landis

 

"For my sculpture, I created a square with "space cat" written on it. I used a pencil to write it then I made a rocketship, which was very hard. My friend Alyssa helped me and it took a few tries. This project was fun because we are honouring the first cat to ever go to space. I think more people should learn about Felicette." - Brooklynn

 

 

 

 

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And a final word from Ave-Maria:

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Thanks Ave-Maria, couldn't have put it better myself! 

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    1. FatCat Anna on December 12

      Oh I love, love LOVE this! What a great way to educate children!! Bravo Ave-Maria and all your students in such wonderful sculptures along with their stories!!!

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      Sweet1709 on December 12

      Hi. It's a really good idea to use real stories (specially with animals) to make activity class for children ! Then can learn, and talk with others about what they learn at school !
      How old are those kids ? I don't know what's "5 grade" class in France.

    3. Lau on December 12

      And the last one standing on the earth reaching for the stars

    4. Lau on December 12

      If only this happened during the campaign, then we could get plastic copies of these as add-ons (l reeaaally like the cat with a beret!)

    5. Louise Mc
      Superbacker
      on December 11

      What a beautiful story, it's so wonderful to see people finding out about Felicette and getting to know her story <3 I love all the designs, and the stories that went with them, I adore the one of "super Felicette" flying through space on top of the rocket, but I also love Felicette with the beret, and the last one by Ave-Maria...so many lovely designs, they put so much love and effort into this wonderful Space Cat's memory :)

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      Anne Wilson on December 11

      I LOVE the last creation by Ave-Maria with Felicette standing on top of the world, reaching for the stars and catching one in her paw, her rocket ship beside her. I think that is how the actual statue should be made!

    7. Matt Pepe
      Superbacker
      on December 11

      that's adorable. The beret one and the bench are awesome, and the one where she's holding up the rocket made me laugh. Great job kids.

    8. Celia Yeung
      Superbacker
      on December 11

      I am so moved...I literally started tearing up! I think more teachers should use this topic in class.

    9. Ronald Purviance on December 11

      This is amazing! Such a cool spin off of the project.

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      Thomas Webber on December 11

      Love the statues well done! (I have to say I especially like the one with the beret!)

    11. Robert Wojciechowski on December 11

      aww that is perfect! love it!

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      Nick Brown on December 11

      What a fun and informative project! I'll have to listen to the CBC story as well.