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Monday, September 3, 2012

The Inspiration that Became the Space Center




I was once asked if I had any heroes.
I do.

The Space Center started with a simple assignment.  In 1983 I student taught at Central School.  My cooperating teacher asked me to teach the science unit on space.  I was to be evaluated by both Mr. Thompson and my university supervisor.  It had to be unforgettable.  I wanted an A.

I had recently watched Carl Sagan's Cosmos on television.  In Cosmos, Carl Sagan took an imaginary spaceship on a voyage deep into the universe to explore what was out there.  We went along for the ride.

I knew what I had to do.  I would recreate Cosmos in a classroom at an unremarkable school in the center of a small town called Pleasant Grove. We would take a Sagan like journey in a make believe ship to experience the science and majesty of space.  Who knows what and who we would discover.

Carl Sagan was an amazing man and astronomer.  He is one of my heroes.

 Take a moment and listen him speak about mankind's future, in his own words.

Mr. Williamson

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