Monday, May 12, 2014

Day six: graduation

The students said good-bye to space camp and the friends they made here.  Our "Von Lions" team received an award for the students' spirit and collaborations during the week.  Each student also received commendations during graduation.  After the ceremony, we had a little time to visit the gift shop again, and explore the outdoor Rocket Park then decided to use up some energy by swimming before heading back home to our families.  It was a wonderful week filled with laughter and learning.  Thanks for all your support.


Day five: Rocket launch, simulations and more missions

"We set up our four rockets for blast off"
"We did see the rockets take off, [but] some our ours headed towards the woods and struck trees."

"We built and fired rockets, but they hit trees so we can't get them back :("

". . .  prepare[d for our] airplane battle, [but] I didn't survive in video game. . . . nighttime we [did a] military [escape & evasion mission] and I'm Point 2.  We took risks, and it was pretty fun, but it hurt when I crawled on rocks" -Rain

 "I played [flight simulator] challenge to my own team, [but I lost] the game.  [At] night, it is cold outside, but it is fun to try [escape and evasion].  [We needed to be] very sneaky and tag one person.  I don't like to put black soil on my face, ewww!  I love that game/activity [while we were doing it]. - Fauntaye

"I rode the [1/6th chair that simulates] gravity on the moon.  It is so very cool.  Also, I rode the MAT; it [spins fast and] I can't control myself.  G-Force is so awesome to ride!

"multi-axis trainer and space walking [were] so much fun!  [The] ride Space shot. . . it was so awesome!" -Rain 

"I like to ride in space suit [that simulates a] walk on moon.  It's so weird to feel light . . . . . it made my face red =D"

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Day four: water filtering experiment & aviation challenge

"I made [a] filter for cleaning water.  I made the  [the dirty wast water] very clear.  [It was] fun to figure out.  I did accomplish the mission . . .[and was] very proud of my achieve[ment]." -Rain

"We experimented [filtering] fake pee to become the clear water.  My team came in 2nd [place]."

"I played a [simuation] game "airplane." It's kinda hard, but fun."

"I practice[d using] the airplane [ simulator] for dogfight.  It was hard.  . I crashed many times!"

"I crashed on the ground 7 or 8 times and 1 time crashed into the water."

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A few more videos/pictures from a second camera.

Scuba's great!

Heading down down down!!! (I'm not sure how to rotate the photo- SORRY!!)

High Ropes is all about cooperation:  you need to trust your teammates on belay.

Climbing?  Climb on!!!

It's a long way up!!!

Noah makes the jump!

Rain makes the jump!

Sorry. . . I'm not sure what happened with the video of Fauntay's jump (may be on iPad-- check out the photo stream)

Sweet . . . feels like flying!!!!

Day three : high ropes, scuba, and "apple-nauts"

"Today I climbed the 32 ft high [Pamper Pole] and jumped off.  It's pretty scary [at the] top of it!

Then I went to learn SCUBA diving.  [The pressure]  hurt your ears, but it [was] fun!"
- Rainy

"Today I climbed the pole, about 32 ft tall, I almost [managed to] stand on top of pole, [when] my body started to shake and I can't breathe, then let go of the pole.  I felt like [whew! I'm] still alive!

I can't go to scuba but I can swim [in] the water for 15 minutes.  Before that, we got out of the water because the weather had lightening and hard rain."

"I had an amazing time! I [was] really nervous to climb on the log with many metal handles.  I did stand on the top of the log and jumped and touched their rope.  Then I feel so glad and brave!!!

I [swam in the] 24 feet deep water tank. It didn't go well for me because I didn't blow my nose out [to equalize the pressure], so I [just swam at the surface of the] pool.  It's so cool to breathe [using SCUBA gear and an air] tank. SO COOL!!!"

"We did an experiment on apples, test on apples in water and light. . . . We covered [ the apple using] these things: cloth, tape, bag and foil.  Then after 10 minutes we put use apples with [ various "space suits"]'in the water and under lights in the box.  After 20 minutes, we all took these apples out of the box and water, we measured them and test [for water. Light, and heat protection]."

"[We designed a] space suit for an apple; [we had to] imagine the apple is a human [with] human needs for warmth and dryness and no harm."

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Day two: low ropes and rocket construction

"It was so fun to play a game.  It help us to work together and [develop] teamwork.  . .  . [there was one] bucket with three balls and another bucket that was empty.. .  .[we had to] move the balls into the bucket [without touching them].   It's kinda hard." -Noah

"It the habitat we [were given] the most challenging mission.  The bucket supped to be toxic poison, and you can't touch it.  So it pretty hard." - Rain

I played with my team [by pretending we were] heading to an island [and could only use] three woods on the stone [as bridges]. . . . Failed a few times, the success!"-Fauntaye

"Last night we built a rocket!!!!  It's [a] pieced of cake!" -Noah

". . . [we learned] different methods [for] the rocket that is handmade."

"I made a rocket and [was] really interested [by how] to make it."

Monday, April 28, 2014

Weather camp?

We always prepare for various weather conditions, but didn't anticipate quite as many watches and warnings as we've been having!  The staff is on high alert and quick to respond to any potential hazard; we've sheltered three times so far in response to weather warnings.  Our students have been great though all the craziness. . . Even though some were pulled from their shower and in the middle of preparing for bed they responded quickly and with few complaints.  This is actually a Red Cross emergency shelter -- probably one of the most safe places to be in the area.  Just wanted to assure everyone that we are all okay and looking forward to a great tomorrow!!!  Will update with details of today's events in the morning. -JAM

Day two, missions

"I was selected to be the pilot [for a] very challenging mission.   As pilot [you push and switch] buttons.  The buttons are everywhere.  You have to find the specific buttons. I enjoy being pilot.  It pretty fun to practice."   -Rain

"I'm work[ing] in ISS.  It is so very cool things inside of ISS.  I'm Missions Specialist 2 for fixing technology and helping Mission Specialist 1 and giving a message . . . . [to help solve any] problem."

"I am FDO ( Flight Dynamics Officer ). . . Check shuttle [information system panels] for flying [like] how much gas or it lets me know if something broke."

Day one

"We had fun at the hotel; sadly we left  to sleep at the habitat.  It's so cool but kinda feel uncomfortable. . . I should be patient.  I met a few new friends! I like space camp but I still miss my home and school.  We learned things from Apollo 12 [and other missions]. It's very nice there" -Noah

"I listened to the leader of my team about fire and tornado [emergency procedures].  We went to eat the food  in the cafeteria.  I watched a movie [in the IMAX] theater.  I liked today!  I looked around the museum, [at the] shuttle and other things..  . . We listened to their presentation about events this week."
- Fauntaye

"[Space Camp experiences make me] more curious.  After we at dinner, we went to watch Walking on The Moon  in IMAX and it was awesome! The we went to the US Rocket museum [it was] cool to see many different rockets. "  -Rain

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Blast off!!!

Moved into the habitats and went through orientation.   Students are getting to know the teams they'll be working with for the week now.  It is pouring outside and we're keeping a close watch on the weather but have plans for every possible situation and feel excited to start.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Huntsville Alabama (Day1)

Flying into town we could see the enormous rockets that mark Space Camp.  Students are writing in their journals and we'll have some words from them soon, but we just wanted to share some more photos and let everyone know that after earning flight wings, we've arrived safe and sound in this lovely city known for its contributions to aeronautics.

"My friends were so nervous of airplane but [after we] rode in the airplane, we felt comfortable.  . . .Space Camp looks so cool and I can't wait for tomorrow! :|)
- Noah

". . . Funniest, craziest day ever. . .  I wish we could stay two weeks here.
First time to [fly in an ] airplane to Atlanta. ..  Sky with cloud is so beautiful!  Then we ride another flight toAlabama . ..  Slept in the hotel. . . Swimming in pool.  I am so ready for Space Camp!

"I wish that I own the airplane, because I love how it feel- like I [am riding on a] roller coaster and then feel like I'm in a car, but faster.  Since we arriv[ed in] Huntsville, we['ve been] talking, sleeping, and [teasing each other], seeing Space Camp and swimming!" - Rain

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Final count down. T-4 days until lift-off

Tuesday during ISP we learned about the space shuttle program and how rockets & orbiters (satellites) work.  That afternoon, students stayed for "movie night" where we watched the movie The Right Stuff.

"Today we learned about the space shuttle and [watched a] movie." -Fauntaye

"I learned that the space shuttle is almost like rocket and airplane.  . . . They have a few parts [like] external tank, solid rocket booster, and main engines" -Noah

"When [space shuttles] take off, the huge external tank releases and the orbiter (looks like airplane) goes to space." Rain

"I learned that [astronaut candidates take a] lot of tests, studies, and exercise. .   . I think the movie is awesome." Noah

"Since I watch[ed] the movie, I learn[ed] something more interesting. . .. . [Mercury 7 astronauts used] teamwork and tried to achieve the mission." -Rain