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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Three News Simulators Coming Soon! The Imaginarium.

Hello Troops,
    I just received the following from Gary Gardiner, CEO of Dreamflight Adventures in Pennsylvania.
Dreamflight will be expanding to three new Pittsburgh locations!
    Gary started attending camps at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in the 1990's.  He married and moved to Pennsylvania.  He started DreamFlight Adventures with one goal, to bring the magic and learning he experience at the CMSEC to people worldwide - such a modest goal :)
     Dreamflight's first simulator, the IKS Titan, opened last spring at the Shaler Area School District.  
Everything I've read and seen speaks of its success. 
     I've said this before and I'll say it again.  I'm amazed at how far this program has gone and progressed since those simple days in the spring of 1983 when I sat behind that desk with overhead projector and plastic overlays, taking my 6th grade class on epic space edventures.  The students used poster drawn starship controls.  The mission music was played on a large boom box tape player kept beside me.  Life sure does have its twists and unexpected turns. 
     Congratulations Gary and staff.   I couldn't be more pleased to read this awesome news.

Mr. Williamson 

Dream Flight Adventures Consortium Expands

by Gary Gardiner
Dream Flight Adventures Simulator

“Dream Flight Adventures” Blasts Off with Out-of-This-World Learning in Three New Pittsburgh Locations

Set to open later this year, three immersive, hands-on simulators are under development at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and both the Penn Hills and Baldwin-Whitehall School Districts
PITTSBURGH: Ed-tech innovator Dream Flight Adventures has announced that its unique hands-on learning environments will be expanding to more students than ever before as three new simulators launch in Pittsburgh this year.  The simulators mix digital and real-world activities to create immersive, interactive learning environments.  In them, students of all ages learn teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving through interactive adventures that blend science, technology, and engineering with social studies, humanities, and the arts.
After its successful debut in the Shaler Area School District last spring, the program has garnered nationwide attention and is expanding rapidly.  Now, three new locations have signed up for the program.  Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the new Penn Hills Elementary Center, and Harrison Middle School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District will become the homes of the next three simulator classrooms.
“The Carnegie Museums are leaders in forward-thinking interactive learning experiences,” said Jessica Lausch, Interim Director of Education and Visitor Experience, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  “Dream Flight Adventures will be a fantastic addition to Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and we are excited to collaborate with two regional school districts on this project.”
The three partners will work independently to create unique simulators at their own locations, but they will share their educational missions and best practices as part of the growing Dream Flight Adventures network.  Their collaboration is a monument to the Kids + Creativity ecosystem in Pittsburgh and the flexibility of the Dream Flight Adventures program.
Dream Flight Adventures is a Pittsburgh-based technology and creative innovation firm that specializes in the intersection of entertainment and education.  Through its novel approach to education, Dream Flight Adventures throws students into the middle of epic stories and creates lasting memories.  Students enter its themed simulators, work together as a team to operate their technology controls, and then apply their knowledge in pursuit of cross-disciplinary missions.  The program exposes students to standards-based curricula, thought-provoking social issues, and crucial 21st century skills—all while the students feel like they are on the adventure of a lifetime.  This revolutionary program is growing rapidly in Pittsburgh and is poised for further expansion nationwide.

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