A week ago I received an interesting email from two Space EdVenture fans that I'd like to share with you.
This summer has been filled with craziness! So much stuff going on. Parties, bbqs, and a whole lot of fun! But the trick to this summer is that it is the last summer then I leave on my mission, which I am so excited. But for it being my last summer, I wanted to do something INTENSE, a dream come true! So, naturally while remembering that the Space Center was the best thing I've done...(The only reason why I know about the space center is because of my best friend); so my friend and I devised a plan - MAKE OUR OWN SIMULATOR!
Ok, let me give you a little background. This isn't our first time trying to make a simulator. My friend's very first "simulator" was a tent on the ground with two OLD laptops. It passed the time and it was fun, but we had to go further. So I took a shot. I had one laptop, which was my moms, and a tv/av cord to hook up to our TV. We used power point. I think we sent you some of the slides we made. But anyway, for one of the stations we used graph paper which was used for the distance the ship traveled and other traveling purposes. I put my family through a mission. They all loved it! My friend and I were very excited! That was last year. This year is very different. I've always loved the space center! I wish I would of went more. But now my friend and I have reached that age where the space center is just an amazing memory. So... We decided to go big! I bargained with my parents to give me the unused side in our basement that was at that time just holding A TON of supplies, and 80% of that stuff is stuff that can be thrown away. So I bargained. My mom agreed that if my friend and I cleared the space, we could have it. So, we went to work. A labor of love that dragged on for 2 hours. Not the most exciting day. Once clean, we started.
1st attempt at making the simulator.... Well our TV for the main screen was about 26 in' and our lights were LED lights, which was great... But didn't cut it. Time went on. Our simulator turned into a game room for Xbox. We had fun... But we didn't clean for 2 hours to play Xbox. NOW, it just all seemed to click. All the planets perfectly aligned. This was going to happen. So we worked! We have jobs. Which gives us good money, well... for a teenager, so things are in motion we bought a projector, we bought 6 computers off of public surplus for cheap, but good condition. Me and my friend CANNOT BELIEVE IT! We now have a really good main screen and six computers! No way this dream is happening. Now, when I say worked for everything. I mean WE WORKED! Just yesterday my friend and I spent 9 hours constructing a wall to give us some space to set up a control room making us invisible to the crew on the ship! It was hard.... Tons of work. But we were willing to do it. Just today we spent all day making a ceiling mount for our projector to go on. Needless to say, the last two days have been hard, but completely amazing! We hope to be done in August sometime! This is a dream coming true. We can't thank you enough for having that one idea one day to make your own space center to inspire so many kids, including us! The space center is our inspiration! Thank you!
Matthew and Aaron
Matthew and Aaron aren't the only two Space Center fans who were bitten by the bug and built a simulator of their own. I've heard of several teens who somehow talked their parents out of some section of their basements for their very own starships. In fact, the most successful of these 'home' ships was built by Matt Long. Matt is currently working on his engineering degree at BYU and programming new controls for the Magellan simulator at the Space Center at Central Elementary. Matt is also working with us at Farpoint, using his creative talents in the creation of our soon to be built ships.
Are you one of these visionaries who built a home starship of your own? If so, please share your story with us. Email us at SpaceCampUtah@gmail.org
Congratulations Matthew and Aaron. Please keep us up to date.
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