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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Another Walk Down Memory Lane: Pictures From the Space Center's Voyager Era (1990-2012). Three Space Centers Gather for Effects Training on the Starship Voyager. Meet This Week's Outstanding Young Astronauts and Voyagers. Theater Imaginarium.


Nicole, Brooklyn, ? , Megan, and Tyson in the Magellan Control Room
Hello Troops,
Let's take another quick stroll down memory lane with more newly discovered photographs from the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center's Voyager Era.  
The photo above shows Nicole VandenBos giving explicit orders to Tyson and Megan on what, where, how, and when to stage a successful Magellan bridge take over.  Does anyone recognize the volunteer in the Discovery Room doorway?  
I wonder if those army green fatigues are still used at the CMSEC?  If they are, I suggest a series of fumigations.  I don't remember when old military fatigues became a thing at the Space Center.  Whatever the reason, the tradition has continued leaving children to assume that all universal bad guys are also the worst dressers in the galaxy.   

Brittney VandenBos and Casey Voeks Enjoy a Moment in the Magellan Control Room
Here's proof that Casey did indeed fly the Magellan.  I know one thing, the Magellan staff sure had fun at those overnight camps.

Christine Grosland
Christine in her black volunteer shirt before she was promoted to her Blues and eventual Set Director status of the Odyssey I.  Christine was always one to deliver a quality photo regardless of what her orders were - like quickly setting up an away team for the Odyssey no less.  

Brandon Halversen
Brandon was an excellent young volunteer. His sister Jennifer was top notch as well.  

Where is this?
 OK, today's mystery. Where was the photo above taken?  I remember those steps very well. Was this the entrance to the Magellan from the Discovery Room back in the day?  


Nicole and Alex Anderson
Finally, Nicole and Alex enjoying a moment in the Discovery Room.  Alex is wearing his Baby Blues, signifying his status in the Space Center's Programming Guild.  I wonder if this moment away from their duties was approved by Casey. It was either that or they just couldn't stand another moment listening to his engineering character!

The Space EdVenture Center Directors and Staff Celebrate the November 8th Space Centering Holiday on the Bridge of the USS Voyager Learning Blender and After Effects From One of Their Own

Nathan explaining Something to do with Blender to the Gathered partiers.  
Everyone in the Space Centering family celebrated (a slight exaggeration) the CMSEC's  27th Anniversary their own way on November 8th.  Members of the Space EdVentures Cooperative really brought the roof down on the new USS Voyager by gathering to learn the art and practices of special effects from one of their own - Nathan King of the Lions Gate Center at Lakeview Academy.  


Maeson Busk, Director of the Telos Discovery Space Center at Canyon Grove Academy, sat on the Damage Control steps with half his brain focused on the proceedings while the other half concentrated on new tactical screens for the Farpoint Space Education Center's Long Duration Mission program.  Maeson is a proud employee of three space centers, TDSC, the CMSEC, and the FSEC. Which in turn makes him a GMTI (a Grand Master of Troubadours International).    


Ryan Anderson, Executive Director of Telos Discovery Space Center, was present with family in tow.


The two Anderson boys seemed to quickly pick up Blender and After Effects.  The ultimate goal is better tactical effects to make better missions which in turn makes for a better experience in the simulators.  Another session is scheduled for this Wednesday.   

Meet More of Farpoint's Brave Young Men and Women in the Space Service. This Week's Crews.


Space Guard: Ready to Serve. Ready to Fight
It was a busy week at Renaissance Academy's Farpoint Space Education Center. Young Astronaut and Voyager Squadrons flew the Starship Voyager every afternoon.  For many of the 26 squadrons, November is launch month. The after-school meetings start with a review of the cadet's points. Cadets earn points for their math and science grades, community service, and performance in their ship duties.  

This year's Long Duration Mission briefing follows the point tally.  Launching the Voyager from Farpoint Station and setting the course for New Earth is all that is expected to conclude this month's meeting.  Easier said than done for some of our younger Young Astronauts.   


Meet the 6th Grade Cobra Squadron composed of students from two different schools.  Cobras always meet on Mondays. Ben was November's captain. He handled the launch from Farpoint Station well. 


May I introduce you to the Middle School Scorpion Squadron. Scorpion Tuesdays we say, because all five Scorpion squadrons meet on Tuesdays.  They succeed in launching the Voyager with a crew of five! It was nip and tuck a few times but they pulled it off.  Their missing crewmen would be proud. It was either launch on the Voyager's launch or miss their dress rehearsal for the school's production of "The Sound of Music".  


Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the 4-6th Grade Wednesday Phoenix Squadron under Captain Roman's steady hand.  This team did an excellent job of realism.
You'd think you were watching a Hollywood production.  



The Middle School Lion's Squadron in two poses. The second pose is to intimidate the other squadrons.  The tough look and show of muscle should, if their thinking is correct, instill doubt in the minds of the other five middle school squadrons.  The five Young Astronaut and Voyager Club Lion Squadrons meet on Thursdays.   


 We wrap up the week with the Middle School Friday Squadron - the Tigers.  Savannah expertly led the crew as they skillfully departed Farpoint Station.  Not only was Savannah an outstanding captain, she had the starring role of Maria in Renaissance Academy's production of "The Sound of Music" (which explains the makeup). She stepped off the Voyager's bridge and right onto the school's stage for the Friday evening performance.  

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The Week's Best Gifs Edited for a Gentler Audience

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Posts from the Past: March 2001. Comments On How the Space Center Changed Lives. Plus, The Excitement of a New Volunteer. The Imaginarium.

The Blue Shirts and Volunteers of the Voyager Era. How Many do you Recognize?

The Space Center Really Does Influence People
March 6, 2001

MODERATOR'S NOTE:
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BRYANT FOR SHARING THIS EXPERIENCE. MR. WILLIAMSON NEEDED TO HEAR THAT TODAY. (IT HAS BEEN A LONG WEEK ALREADY AND IT'S ONLY WEDNESDAY). 
YOU KNOW, WE ARE A VERY UNUSUAL BUSINESS. IN SOME WAYS WE ARE ACTORS PERFORMING A PLAY FOR THE VISITORS - BUT AT THE END OF THE PLAY WE CANNOT WALK OUT AND TAKE A BOW - REMEMBER WE MUST MAINTAIN THE ILLUSION. ALSO, WE ONLY SEE STUDENTS ONCE, MAYBE TWICE. AFTER THE MISSIONS THEY LEAVE AND WE USUALLY NEVER HEAR COMMENTS OR FEEDBACK. IT IS SO GOOD TO HEAR NEWS LIKE THE FOLLOWING POST FROM BRYANT. IF ANY OF YOU HAVE SIMILAR EXPERIENCES PLEASE POST THEM.


MR. WILLIAMSON

AND NOW BRYANT'S POST:

I just thought that it would be cool to tell you all that us at the space center really do touch people...

Last Friday In my chemistry class My teacher asked us all If we would rather take a geography class or an astronomy class. 100% of the class said that they would rather take the Astronomy class. When my teacher asked us what it was about astronomy they thought was so cool the response was our memories of going to the space center...

So as you can see the CMSEC is not just a fun place to go for a night, It really sticks with people for years and years.

Bryant


MODERATOR'S NOTE:
THANK YOU, TYSON FOR THIS POST. AGAIN AS I SAID EARLIER TODAY. IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT OUR WORK HERE DOES DO GOOD. 

THANKS.

MR. WILLIAMSON

AND NOW TYSON'S POST:


Hello everybody,

I'm right up there with Bryan. The Space Center has touched so many lives. I know its touched mine. It will stay with me forever. But other kids have a chance to go to a different 
world. A world that is far better than the one just outside. Things from the Center can be carried out into the real world, and be used to solve real-life dilemmas. After all, they are based on parts of history.


Its also a place where it doesn't matter where you live, what you look like, if your tall, small, have glasses, braces etc...You go there to learn, have fun, and work as a team; and you also learn to respect and become friends with other people.


Well that's my inspiration for the day.

Bye all, and have fun with life. It will catch up with you sooner than you 
know.

Tyson Baker
"It brought a tear to my eye."
--- Star Trek: Generations


MARCH 7, 2001

MODERATOR'S NOTE:
THANKS JULIE FOR THE FEEDBACK. AGAIN, MY HEART IS WARMED AND IM READY FOR ANOTHER DAY IN THE TRENCHES. 

MR. WILLIAMSON

AND NOW JULIE'S POST.



Very similar thing happened in MY chemistry class. This guy asked me what I was planning on doing that following weekend, and I told him that I was working an overnighter at the Space Center. Immediately heads turned as they excitedly asked, "You work at the Space Center?" I proudly replied yes, then the teacher joined in commenting that it was "such a cool place". We began talking, and I told them what was new. Everyone commented on how they wished that they could go back, and that they would never forget how exciting everything was. Then everyone started to share their "Space Center" experience.

Just thought you might possibly want to know.

~Jules~

(Julie Collett)

March 8, 2001

I have had many experiences in which little kids I don't think I've ever seen before come up to me and say "Hey, you work at the Space Center don't you." Then, they start discussing all these Star Trek issues and what happened on their flight and what not you can't help but wonder if you've made an impact on that kid's life. Even in grocery stores, I have had kids come up and talk. I don't know if anybody else has had the privilege of experiencing that for yourself but when you do you will enjoy it. I promise.

Charlie Heaton


Another Pat on the Back for us All
March 10, 2001

Hello, Troops,
I just received this email from a camper that just left the overnight camp. Even though Whitney is praising me the praise really belongs to all of us. Any compliment I receive equally belongs to all of us that make this place a place where dreams do come true for kids that really love space. So, as you read this please take my name out and insert 
yours. Whitney's compliments are for all of us,


Mr Williamson

And now the email I received:

Hi, my name is Whitney Patterson.

I have attended your latest camp, 3-9-01, an overnighter. That was not the first time, I can
tell you that. But it was one of the best I've ever been to. I usually end up on the Voyager,which is a joyful thrill because Voyager is the coolest simulator of all. Oh, by the way, I'm from Eaglecrest Elementary. Remember we won 126 tickets? 


Mr. Williamson, I think you are the coolest teacher in the world. You are my hero and my role model. I will always admire you. I also wanted to make a request wich I'm sure other kids would agree with. I think you should hook the cameras up to the vcr so if kids want to record their mission and watch it over again from the audience seat they can. In fact, a better idea would be to record it on your own tapes and sell them along with the shirts and stuff.


Another thing that would make it really awesome is to have it end later like maybe 1, 2, or 3:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 a.m. I noticed that on your web site you only had one picture of the voyager. Why? and the pictures of the Odyssey look like realy old pictures. 

Amazingly, I've never seen the odyssey and I thought the pictures would show me but the really didn't. And you didn't have pictures of any of the other ships. If you would please write
back to me. 


Mr. Williamson, You have no idea how greatful I would be. Infact, my gratitude is far greater than you could possibly dream or imagine. I truly am your very biggest fan (although lots of kids probably say that, I'm the only one thats truly the biggest) and I am fascinated by space and
astronomy ( and, of darn course Star Trek) and everything that your simulators have to do with. I want to be an astrounat and experience for real what your simulators do.


The Excitement of a New Volunteer.
Post from the Past. The CMSEC's YahooGroup. 

March 5, 2001

Hello,
I will make it short... I have allready gotten training in acting. Anyways, I am a good acter without thoese skills. I have so many faces I can't count. Many of my friend reccomend me for Acting. Also, another skill I have is shouting VERY loud! I get weird faces from other people in school becuase I have such a loud voice. 
Especially during lunch. I don't know why... But, I have this weird feeling inside of me that someone is not hearing me. So I talk louder. 


My interests are--- Talking loudly, Cheering other people on (The school cheer-leaders want me to join them during school games to be the "Lead Singer".), Snowboarding (Which everyone can hear me shouting), And Acting. I LOVE to act. That is my 2nd reason to be a staff member of the CMSEC! I wanted to act. But so far, I have not gotten the chance to act on the bridge yet. I have been working as the 2nd Chair most of the time. 

I hope that I can be the docter on the Megeallan, Voyager and Odyssey some time. But I like to work as the 
2nd chair too. I am looking foward to working in those ships. So, Mr.Williamson, Mr.Wall, and Mr.Merreal... Watch me closely when I act. Please tell me of my Mistakes, and Please tell me of my Up's and Down's of acting. I would like to adjust to each Directors expations. Thank you all for reading this!

Josh Dye
Pioneer


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