We did so much on Day 1 and were exhausted by bed time. Seriously, the kids were begging for bed time! To sum up, my team explored the Rocket Park, rode the G-Force simulator, competed in a Museum Hunt, created a mission patch, ate dinner, constructed rockets, and learned about the Mercury, Gemini, and Shuttle programs.
|Moon rock from the Apollo 12 mission.|
|We also ran in to Karl with a K! To understand the significance of this encounter, read last year's post.|
On Day 2, we had beautiful weather, which was a huge blessing because there had been a 70% chance of rain forecasted. The day's activities included training for our mission, riding the MAT (Multi-Axis Trainer) Simulator, visiting Miss Baker's grave, going to the gift shop, exploring the Davidson Museum...and stumbling upon a special surprise while in the museum...
His photo from the 1970's:
We really enjoyed listening to his stories:
We were able to see the crew in the ISS and the orbiter:
I was the Flight Director. The crew could blame me if our mission wasn't successful! I told them, "Failure is NOT an option!" ;)
In addition to our mission, my group also rode Space Shot, launched our rockets, rode the 5DF chair simulator, watched a few videos and listened to presentations about what NASA is currently doing, and played Space Bowl on Day 2.
After saying our team chant over and over on Day 2, these silly girls made up an extended version:
The last comment is cut off at the end: "Oh, why bother? We don't even need it!" ;)
Day 3 started with a group devotion. I led it, and our scripture focus was Joshua 4:1-8. Just like in previous years, I gave each person a "Space Camp Memorial Stone," and they shared how God blessed them on this trip. We had spent months praying about this field trip in the classroom, so all of the students were able to see how God answered specific prayers that had been lifted up. After our devotion and prayer time, we ate breakfast, rode the Mars Mission simulator, climbed the Mars Rock Wall, graduated, and enjoyed Space Dots (ice cream) before boarding the bus and heading home.
At graduation, awards were handed out. Guess what?! Team Carpenter won "Best Mission!" That's three years in a row that my team has won this award! I was so proud! My principal came on this trip as well, and her team (the other half of my class--Team Cernan) won the highest score in Space Bowl! This was her second year to win Space Bowl! We were thrilled!
I'll leave you with one last video: Karl with a K, my team's counselor from last year, met up with us right before we left, and treated us to a song he wrote to the tune of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" It's titled, "Do You Want to Build a Rocket?"