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Central Elementary School and the Christa McAuliffe Space Center. Pleasant Grove, Utah
Construction continues on the new Central Elementary School and Christa McAuliffe Space Center. One year from now the new school and space center will be open and the old school fondly held in the community's history.
|The beginning of April. Day 1 of construction|
|First Days of Construction at the beginning of April|
The playgrounds days were numbers by minutes. The heavy machinery was coming in.
|Here we are on April 21, 2019. |
Roof photos from the Christa McAuliffe Space Center's Facebook Page
The Car that Won't Say Goodbye
There is a car parked on the construction site. It was there before construction started and is still there now. The owner has been contacted but doesn't seem too concerned. Perhaps he or she is making a statement and is unhappy about the community's new school and Space Center. Or perhaps the car isn't worth the bother and is destined for the Kidney Foundation.
The construction crews have been more than kind towards the squatter. Notice the car still sits on a small section of the original lot's parking pavement, undisturbed. Construction will continue around it until patience is lost and that large bulldozer in the background solves the problem once and for all.
I vote to bury the car right there where the new parking lot will be. What a story that will make when the new parking lot is dug up for another new school one hundred years or so in the future; and to everyone's surprise, a car is found. We should put a time capsule in the glove compartment to make its discovery even more newsworthy.
The Christa McAuliffe Space Center created a video to help people better understand what a CMSC field trip or private program involves. Even after nearly three decades people who've never been to a Space EdVenture Center still have trouble getting their heads around what we do. This video helps.
Historical Posts from the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center's YahooGroup
|The Voyager's Science / Defense Station|
Summer Space Camps. July 2007
A Teacher's Thank youApril 12, 2003
My class just went to the space center this afternoon, and they were typical, thick-headed, but well-behaved 11 and 12-year-olds. My goodness,but you and your staff show such incredible patience I can't help but thank you. I had 31 students, one of whom has a temper problem and can't read, and 5 of whom are ADHD. They all loved it. God bless
you for developing this strange niche in our educational experience. And the coordination involved still intimidates me and makes me feel like a very mediocre teacher.
Thank you for what you do.
|A Young Summer Camper in the Galileo|
Space Center Journal. Event Horizon will be the Voyager's New Summer Story. The Hunt for Horace is Back! The New Galileo is Hinted at. New Isolinear Cabinets are Ready. Chris Alldredge is Back! Magellan Needs More Flight Directors.
The Staff Saves the Day with an Early School. Customer Service is Number One at the CMSEC
April 13, 2003
The Voyager story is all but written. Its working title is "Event Horizon". I'm still
wrestling with the ending. The Galileo has one mission in development and one on the drawing board. Julie Collette has one mission that will be ready very soon. David Merrell
is assisting us with another one. This will be awesome for our Galileo fans.
|The Voyager's Sensors and Scanners Officer|
July 2007 Summer Camps.
Two new missions! The Galileo hasn't had new missions for a few years. The Magellan will have a new mission finished by the end of this week. The Odyssey's new mission is written and in development. The Hunt for Horace is coming back in the Odyssey!
The Falcon's story is still in the re-write stage. Stacy Carrell has made an impressive start. We expect that story finished and in development within the week.
Lorraine Houston and Bill Schuler ran the Falcon this last weekend. Stacy is taking a bit of time off and will be back at the helm in two weeks. I want to congratulate Lorraine and Bill for doing an awesome job. The end of camp reviews were tremendous.
There is something brewing in the Galileo's direction. Something breathtakingly wonderful. I won't say anything now because the Galileo staff: Kyle Herring, Alex DeBirk, and Julie Collett will break the news in their own good time.
|The Voyager's First Officer Training at the Command Station|
The Isolinear Chips compartments are getting ready to be officially activated. Matt Long is working on the programming and Dan Adams has been working on the cabinets. The Odyssey and Voyager compartments are in place. The Magellan's new two-computer desk will be finished this coming week. In addition to holding two new computer stations the Magellan's new desk will also house the Magellan's isoliner compartment. Once again a hearty thank you to Dr. Long (Matt's dad) at BYU and his students for their imagination and
creativity. Theses new stations will add so much to the reality of the simulators.
The Voyager needs to be recarpeted. I'm going to seek bids. If any of you know someone that carpets for a living and would like to give me a bid please send him or her my way.
Who is that Masked Man?
Yes my friends, who was that strange man we saw roaming the halls of the Center Friday evening? Many of you recognized the face but couldn't put name to it. It was Chris Alldredge (Mr. A). Mr. A is back volunteering at the Center after a two-year absence. Mr. A worked with Mr. Daymont on the creation of the original Magellan and ran it for a while when Mark was transferred to the Falcon project. Mr. A left the Center when he got a job at Apple computers and now works with PowerSchool.
|On the Magella Ready with the THX Controls|
Mr. A came to see me this week during one of the school missions. I filled him in on developments and asked him how things were going. He is working as a lead training and programmer for Powerschool. He gets to work out of his house; how would it be? He mentioned he missed the place. I told him about the new computer lab the school would be building in the new wing. I told him I wanted to close the Falcon and move it into the new lab. I asked him if he wanted to be on the new Falcon creation team. He said to let him think about it. Later that day he came back to the school and said that he would be honored to help out. I also talked him into becoming an assistant flight director for the Magellan working with Kyle Herring and Mark Daymont. He agreed to that as well.
|The back of the Odyssey. Summer Camps July 2007|
The Magellan needs another one or two flight directors. Kyle Herring and Mark Daymont currently are the only two we have on staff that can run Magellan missions. Julie Collette has accepted an invitation from me to also train in Maggie along with Mr. A. My goal is to keep the Magellan running all day on Saturday with private missions. We can't do them during the week so Saturday is the day. Of course, Mark will only do 1 private mission and Kyle is very busy with "some other things I won't mention at this time watch for developments," so Julie and Mr. A will be it.
|The front section of the Odyssey. Today's Odyssey Control Room sits right where the Captain's Chair sits.|
Saturday: The Day from the Dark Side!
Wow, talk about royal blunders. Saturday morning started off very well. The kids from Sego Lily were well behaved during the night. I got a good night's rest and so did the chaperones. We fed them breakfast and started the trek from the lunchroom toward the ships when Bill and Lorraine noticed a school bus in the parking lot. Then we noticed kids in the bus. I stopped dead in my tracks. This couldn't be ++++++++ Junior High already here for their lesson and flight. It was. There were scheduled to arrive at 9:30 A.M. Mr. Fred Olsen was
going to met them, bathroom them, and give them a Starlab show while we wrapped up the overnighter. Lorraine was going to teach them the Stazi classroom lesson after the Starlab, then lunch, and then into the simulators at 11:30 for a mission.
|The Odyssey with its Mood Lighting|
I went out to talk to the teacher. I showed her the times we agreed to in the appt. book. What could she say? There it was in pencil and paper 9:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. not 8:00 A.M. All she could say was, "What do we do now? We've been up since 5:00 A.M. to get here."
I called Mr. Olsen and he agreed to rush in and do something with them for a while while we all finished the overnight mission. Mr. A was a real trooper and stayed with them until Fred showed up. They watched a DVD on Black Holes.
|The Odyssey's Double Entrance: Through the turning door, then through the open hatchway.|
Cool, Very Cool.
Customer Service Really is Number One at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center
I want to make a point with this. What other place would take a group of 30 junior high students that arrived one and one half hours early and work with them making them feel at home? This is customer service at its best. What a great place and what a great staff that work here doing whatever it takes to take care of our patrons.
Hey, all of you are getting an Internet pat on the back from me and a "Thank you" shouted across the lines. Enjoy your Spring Break.
This Week's Space and Science News
From the Telos Discovery Space Center
A Space EdVentures Center
The Space Academy's Staff Perform Their "Spell for a Successful Mission" Dance to Keep Fortuna at Bay.
Knowing how Fortuna, the Goddess of Fortune, loves to torment the Voyager (past and present) the staff have come up with a new ritual to ensure our crews have a safe, pleasant, exciting, and Fortuna free mission.
And finally, the Space Academy's Supervisors are loved, adored, and worshipped by our young padawans.
The Force will be Strong in this little one once he finishes his training and demonstrates his superior will power by never ever sampling the Magic Medicine in the Voyager's doctor's bag (as the young initiants are prone to do).
|The young padawan enters a life of service and training and promises to serve the Voyager all the days of his life|
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