Drupal the Iguana
It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the ESSL’s most beloved iguana, Drupal. Drupal had been with the ESSL since 2010 when he was adopted as a rescue. His early years at the ESSL are filled with great stories of him scampering around and hiding in difficult to find areas. Drupal was almost 14 years old, which is old for an iguana. He lived a pampered life and was extremely well cared for. Drupal left a legacy that no animal could match; he instilled a sense of wonder, awe, and excitement that fittingly happens to be the vision of the ESSL. He was loved by many, and brought a great deal of joy to those who had the wonderful, and unique opportunity to meet him over the years. Drupal was the first lizard of any kind many FCPS students encountered in person. He was welcoming and kind to them all. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Drupal.
The ESSL Team
The Ausherman Planetarium is located at the ESSL. It has a 35’ dome that houses a Goto, Chronos and Evans Sutherland Digistar 7 planetarium system. This planetarium system, first installed in 2009 and updated in 2020, has a mechanical system that realistically models the night sky and a digital system that projects movies 360 degrees. This dome facility, the first of its kind installed in a public school system in the U.S.A., also has 90 planetarium seats and a 5:1 surround sound system. This “immersion theatre” experience is used to enhance and enrich a wide range of curriculum wants and needs.