I have some pictures from last Saturday I forgot to post.
Remember when I use to put this sign in the school's foyer every Saturday to direct the massive crowds coming for their missions to stay put until a staff member came out to greet them?
Well bust my buttons, what do you think I found in the foyer last Saturday when I stopped by the Space Center for my weekly catch up? Jon Parker remembered. What a good boy Jon.
My next stop was the Magellan. A Magellan mission was in the Discovery Room getting briefed on a mission. Our Farpoint Voyager volunteers were on the bridge listening to the Magellan's training recordings (tapes). That's called using your volunteer time wisely. Instead of sitting in the Magellan Control Room passing the time with idle chit chat, these volunteers are bettering themselves. The more stations you know, the more you can train. The more you can train, the more valuable you are as a volunteer. The more valuable you are as a volunteer, the more hireable you are when you're old enough to work and a staff position opens up at the Space Center.
I heard a commotion in the Odyssey Control Room. Odyssey Flight Director Natalie Anderson was being entertained by four awesome Nautilus Squadron cadets. They had finished their Round Two Long Duration Mission earlier in the day and stayed after to work a few missions. That Nautilus Squad is something else. We do our best to beat them up in their LDM and they still chose to stay and volunteer.
The Kraken Squad was also well represented last Saturday. Above you see Kraken cadet Scott in the Odyssey helping a camper understand one of the Odyssey's switch boards.
From one Odyssey bulkhead to another, Scott continued his instruction. I listened as he demonstrated. He did a bang up job. Scott knows his stuff and knows how to teach it so someone without his superior IQ gets it. A point for Kraken in the Farpoint House totals. What do you have to say about that Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw?
It's true that I miss the old Odyssey and would take it back in a heartbeat if possible, but there is something magical about the new Odyssey. I love the simulator's sleek lines, lights, and crisp clean look. Great job Megan Warner and staff. You did well with this new Odyssey.
The young Odyssey captain reviewing his command book before the start of the mission.
The Odyssey's engineering station.
I never visit the Space Center without making a stop to admire the Galileo. Kyle Herring, Alex DeBirk, and crew created a real simulator masterpiece with this simulator. It is a one of a kind - a simulator that looks like a ship on the inside AND outside. We don't need a wand to make magic, we have our simulators: Odyssey, Magellan, Galileo, Phoenix, Columbia, Challenger, Endeavor, Atlantis, Everest, Pathfinder, Leo, and Titan.
Have you ever wondered what's behind that door marked "Staff Only" in the Odyssey and Phoenix room (Briefing Room for you old timers). Look at the very definition of order. Every costume, prop, and tool properly hung, folded and tucked away.
Now for the sad postscript. See the shelves at the end of the room? Notice the shelf sits in a wall recess? That's the old door leading to the Voyager, permanently blocked by the shelves (the cabinet is attached to the wall). Think of all the times you old timers bumped your head on that low doorway coming and going into and out of the Voyager.
Don't get depressed, the new Voyager will open in June at Renaissance Academy. It will properly pay tribute to this grand lady of all simulators. The ship which all other ships sprang from.
Paying Tribute to Conner
Conner Larsen is an all around great guy - and so say we all! He is a friend to all, devoted to the Space EdVenture philosophy and always there whenever anyone needs an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.
Last Saturday Conner was feeling a bit down so the staff and Voyager volunteers decided to brighten his day. He had just finished briefing the Magellan crew when the gang called him out into the hall.
Lissa and Lindsey ambushed him with phaser fire to keep him from walking away. Conner did what all properly trained Space EdVenturers do - he fell to the floor. Nolan, playing the medic, revived him. Harrison and Jake supervised. Lizzy was in charge of the purple water bottle. Marissa was looking for a good place to put her hallway dinosaur (ah, who remembers that?).
Megan held Conner's favorite cake and used it to get him up and moving down the hall toward the school's parking lot where the staff and volunteers had a surprise waiting.
It was the story of a thousand cranes (well, not quite a thousand, it was the thought that counted).
Conner read the letter explaining that there is only one Conner and the how cool it was that they got to work with him on a regular basis. Conner was moved. Lizzy offered the purple water bottle so Conner could touch it and all was made well.
by Mark Daymont
From his blog: spacerubble.blogspot.com
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015
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