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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Simulator in Venezuela! Congratulations to our Friends at Dream Flight Adventures. The Imaginarium.

Dream Flight Adventures Announces its First International Simulator in Valencia, Venezuela

Before we dive into today’s post, let’s start with a quick geography lesson.  Today’s topic:  Venezuela.Venezuela
Venezuela is the 33rd largest country in the world (by land mass) and is home to over 28 million people.  It’s home to the world’s largest waterfall—Angel Falls—and is considered one of the seventeen megadiverse countries that contain most of Earth’s species.  Venezuela has over 1,400 species of birds and more than 25,000 species of orchids!  Spanish is the official language in Venezuela, but over 30 other indigenous languages are officially recognized.
And if all that wasn’t exciting enough, today we’re delighted to announce that Venezuela will be home to the newest Dream Flight Adventures simulator!
Colegio Internacional de Carabobo
Located inside a brand new wing of Colegio Internacional de Carabobo, an international school in Valencia, this new simulator will take students on educational adventures like no other.  The simulator, the IKS Artemis Charger, will be the crowning component of the school’s new Education Immersion Center.  The center has been designed from the ground up—literally—to create “learning spaces that engage students in open ended questioning and collaborative problem solving by being immersive, interactive, interdisciplinary, innovative, and interesting.”
The IKS Artemis Charger will be run by Todd Lichtenwalter, tech mentor and science curriculum coordinator at the school, and will provide educational adventures for students in grades 3-12.  True to Dream Flight’s cross-disciplinary program, each subject teacher at the school is contributing content to the simulator missions, which will directly address each classroom’s curriculum and standards.
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The project has been in development since last summer, with construction beginning in mid April 2015.   An entirely new building is being built to house the new simulator classroom, and we’ll be covering the construction in close detail as it progresses over the summer.
The Artemis Charger marks the first step of our mission to bring immersive simulator-based education to students around the world.  We’re thrilled to be working with Colegio Internacional de Carabobo, as its individualized an co-curricular programs truly make it stand out as a model school in Latin America.
Stay tuned for updates as construction on the IKS Artemis Charger progresses.

Artemis Charger Construction Update

Hello troops, today we’re excited to bring you news from the shipyards in Valencia, Venezuela where there IKS Artemis Charger is under construction.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ll get right to the photos:
Colegio Internacional de Carabobo
Here’s where the magic is happening, at Colegio Internacional de Carabobo in Valencia.
EIC site
And here’s ground zero for the all-new Education Immersion Center, which will house the IKS Artemis Charger simulator classroom.  It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but watch as the progress unfolds.
Clearing the groundFirst the ground was cleared and levelled.
Site prep
Massive earth removal
Massive portions of the hillside were moved to clear room for the center.  I wish I were the one driving the tractor!
Trenches
Trenches lined the site to make room for the tritanium bulkheads and plasma conduits.
Heroes in the heat
And here we see some of our heroes—the fearless construction crew—braving the Venezuelan heat to make the world a better place for their students.
Conduit
Onward and upward
Wall construction
The walls go up…
Inside
And then the roof…
Outside
Stay tuned for more exciting updates as they unfold!


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