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Monday, April 1, 2013

The Farpoint Academy's Information Meeting. News from our Sister Center in Pennsylvania. The Danger of Artificial Intelligence.

Hello Troops,

As you may already know, I've decided to retire from the Alpine District after 30 years of teaching and running the Space Center at Central School.   I'm taking a new teaching job at Renaissance Academy, a K-9 charter school across from Micron Lehi/Highland.  I'll also be directing the new Farpoint Institute. 
It was a fantastic three decades, but all good things must come to an end.   A new Space Center director will be appointed and the program will continue.  I'm glad for that.  I'll miss Central School and the wonderful people I worked with in Pleasant Grove.  I'll especially miss the students.       
There will be an information meeting for everyone interested in Farpoint Institute's after school programs offered at Renaissance;  merit badge classes, simlabs, computer programming, computer animation, and Long Duration Missions.  The LDM's are episodic missions stretching over several months.  We will be using the simulators at Discovery until new ships are built at Renaissance.  Sadly, we were unable to get permission from the school district to use the simulators at Central School.  
Students form their own LDM teams and earn points for how well their teams perform in the missions.  This is what I did with my 6th grade class in the 1980's at Central School, before the Space Center was built.  Farpoint Institute Cadets will also be eligible to volunteer at the new Discovery Space Center in Pleasant Grove. 
The meeting will be held at Renaissance Academy on April 17th at 7:00 P.M.   Mark your calendars.
I hope to see you there.
Mr. Williamson
 News from the IKS Titan and Dream Flight Adventures.
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