On Monday, October 18 I stopped at American Heritage School (AHS) in American Fork to visit with Alex DeBirk. Alex is the school's high school physics teacher, creativity lab director, and director of the school's space center. In his spare time, Alex renovates homes, is an actor at Hale Center Theater in Sandy and his most important job is a husband and father. He is a busy man.
Alex worked at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in his high school days as a volunteer, supervisor, and flight director. That's where he caught the Space EdVentures bug. For some, it never leaves you.
Alex designed the new Starship Voyager at Renaissance Academy. He worked there helping me with the Young Astronauts and Voyager Club until it was time to start his own program at American Heritage. His Voyager Club at American Heritage got off to a good start in the 2019-2020 school year. He had six squadrons who came to Renaissance Academy for their after school club meetings. Then Covid hit and everything shut down.
Last school year he was given the green light to create a space center at AHS. With a cash input from the school and many many donations of money, time, and talent from the school's community the new center is moving rapidly towards an opening date in January.
I knew the program would be awesome because that's what Alex does - awesome so I had to stop by and see it all for myself. I took several pictures which are all posted here for our Space EdVenture fans so let's get started and see this new center under construction.
American Heritage's Space Center and the Starships Discovery and Galileo (both working names, the proper names haven't been decided)
The Creativity Lab. Room 1
The American Heritage Space Center (AHSC) is located on the second floor of the new high school wing of the school under construction. Alex met me in the creativity lab (that's what I call it, I don't remember what its real name is). It looks like a high school woodshop right? This is where the magic happens.