You read it correctly. The Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center at Central School will soon be the home to a new Odyssey simulator. As you recall, the Odyssey was removed during last year's Space Center renovations. It was necessary, but sad for hundreds who considered the Odyssey their favorite Space Center simulator. The old Odyssey's electricals were not up to par.
There were other problems needing correcting, but the cost of making the repairs was close to the cost of taking out the old and building a new.
Construction began last week. The Odyssey II will be built in the same room as the Odyssey. It will share a wall with the Voyager instead of the library (the librarian is overjoyed I'm sure). The Odyssey II will hold up to 10 people. Every station will be wheelchair assessable.
The Space Center will be able to take up to 42 students per class once the Odyssey II opens for business. This brings the Space Center back to full field trip operations: two classes per day instead of last year's one class per day. Pictures and regular construction updates will be available as they are made public.
The First Week of School: Four Days that Felt Like 100 Years
How was your first week of school?
I'm holding on by the skin of my teeth at Renaissance Academy. For all practical purposes I might as well be labeled a new first year teacher. After all, the 1989-1990 school year was the last time I taught a full time 6th grade class. I'm fine with classroom management; its the new Utah Core Curriculum I've got to master.
I've got a fine, cooperative class who've shown remarkable patience as I've stumbled about trying to teach new material and remember their names. After spending hours at the school this weekend, I feel confident about the names and the language arts program. I believe next week will be smoother.
I'm sure many of my old staff and volunteers would have enjoyed watching me waffle my way through the first few days. There is nothing like seeing the old boss sweating buckets underneath while looking surprisingly cool and collected on the outside. Its a skill you perfect when working as a flight director knowing that anything and everything will go wrong eventually. You learn to hide disasters from your crew or make them think it was all a part of their mission.
A new week is upon us. Let's be great and do our best.
Amazing 9 year old, great voice and awesome use of tech.
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