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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Meet the New Staff and Volunteers at Telos Discovery Space Center. The Magellan Dream Team? The Odyssey's VIP Guests. More Posts from August 2000 in the Blast from the Past Section. Theater Imaginarium.

New Staff Positions Announced at Telos Discovery Space Center

Telos DSC Director Megan Warner, Elliott M., New Supervisor and Flight Director Trainee, and Canyon Grove Site Manager Maeson Busk 
I stopped by Telos Discovery Space Center at Canyon Grove Academy on Saturday and met a new member of the Telos DSC staff.  Elliott (in orange) was recently hired as a new supervisor for the Everest and Pathfinder simulators. He was also going for his flight director pass that afternoon. 

Elliott is a 10th grader at Maeser Academy in Orem and started volunteering at the TDSC a year ago. 
He flew his first mission on the USS Phoenix at the CMSEC when he was 8 years old.  He's a starfleet veteran having served on board the Phoenix, Voyager, and Magellan. His favorite mission at the TDSC is Ultimatum.  

Welcome to the Space Center family Elliott.  You've got a couple of great bosses. 

A New Crop of Volunteer / Interns at the Telos Discovery Space Center

 Volunteerism is at the heart of all Voyager inspired space education centers. Volunteers provide the extra hands needed to enrich a mission and populate the story with characters. Hard working, talented volunteers who stick with it and learn the art of simulation based experiential education can easily find paid work when they're old enough at Utah County's four space education centers. 

I met a few of TDSC's new volunteers on Saturday. They were just about to start an away mission for the crew of the Everest, but upon Maeson's orders, were kind enough to pause for a quick photo. 

Maeson (in red) spoke highly of this new crop of volunteers and proudly stood in the photo with them.  Next to Maeson is John. John is 14 and a student at Vista Heights in Saratoga Springs.  Then Jake, also 14, a student at Timberline Junior High in Highland.  Elisabeth is next. She's 14 and homeschooled. Jonathan 16 has been at the TDSC for several months now and is the assistant volunteer supervisor. He attends Timpview High School in Provo.

The Magellan Dream Team?  Perhaps..

In my Saturday visits I encountered what could be considered the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center's Magellan simulator Dream Team.

Jon Parker, CMSEC Assistant Director, was at the helm directing a five hour mission. Beside him sat Isaac Ostler who's been a part of the CMSEC for nearly five years.  Isaac did his final volunteer observation with Jon in July 2012. It was the USS Voyager's final mission before the ship was permanently decommissioned and retired to Space Center history.  Behind them sat Orion, a talented young rising star at the CMSEC. Orion also volunteers on the new Voyager at Farpoint.  Missing from the photo is Lindsey. She had the bridge. Lindsey is the CMSEC's director of the Acting Guild. Her job is to train new volunteers in the art of simulator acting.  

Saturday's Magellan five hour crew were blissfully unaware of the talent running their mission. What I know is that they had fantastic time; and who wouldn't with the Dream Team at the helm.  

Look Who I Found in the Odyssey Control Room

James and Christine Smith just happen to be visiting the CMSEC when I stopped by on Saturday. Brylee (Odyssey Flight Director) had them sequestered in her control room, jealously guarding their time. Just look at the faces of the Odyssey's staff realizing the privilege they had of just being in the same cramped room with two legends of the Space Center.  

Christine and James are expecting their first child in July. It will be the fourth Space Center baby - born from parents who first met while working at the CMSEC.  

Christine will be interning in the 4th grade at Vineyard Elementary in Orem this next school year. Her students will be lucky to have her as their teacher.  

Another Blast From the Past Post from the CMSEC's First Internet Group: YahooGroup SpaceEdVentures  

August 1, 2000

Hello Voyagers!
Here are the polling results for camp 485

A perfect score is 1  The worst score is 5

Galileo: 1.107
Voyager: 1.131
Magellan: 1.278
Odyssey: 1.305
Falcon: 1.72
Classroom Session: 1.90

60% of the 15 students that flew in the Galileo said it was the rotation that made them think the most.
34% of the 65 students that flew in the Voyager said it was the rotation that made them think the most.
17% of the 65 students that flew in the Magellan said it was the rotation that made them think the most.
15% of the 40 students that flew in the Odyssey said it was the rotation that made them think the most.
11% of the 65 students that flew in the Falcon said it was the rotation that made them think the most. 

This Camp's Lord of the Votes goes to BRYCE REDD who once again keeps his crown as Lord of the Votes. This camp he scored $18.75 in vote money. GOOD JOB BRYCE!

A very good camp all around (except for the sour outdated milk the cafeteria tried to pawn off on the campers until Josh opened his carton and out poured clumps of milk!)

We start our last summer 48 hour camp on Thursday. What a great summer I've had working with all of you. Yes, Mr. Williamson has gotten "Focused" from time to time but that keeps everyone on their toes. 

I spoke to Lagoon. They need numbers by August 3rd. Let's get to the poll and vote on whether you are going on the Lagoon field trip or not.

All the Best My Friends.
Mr. Williamson 

August 9, 2000

Do I have to make an appointment to take my introductory flight as a volunteer in waiting or do I just choose a private mission date and show up? ThanksWesley Moss 

August 10, 2000
(Note on this post: The Space Center was an excellent place to try new, innovative ideas. A school year weekend camp was one such balloon I released into the air to see how the winds faired. Nothing came of the idea. It was thought letting kids take a Friday from school to attend a Space Camp wouldn't sit too well with the district's schools. My response was that kids attend a week camp at Space Camp in Alabama all the time. Kids also missed school regularly for away games in various sports so why not a space camp?
Mr. Williamson)

Hello Voyagers,
Next summer will be a real mess at the school. The school will be rewired meaning periods of time where the power will be cut off. In addition to that they will be putting in new ceilings in most of the classrooms. This construction will seriously affect our summer Space 
Camps program. 

One way of making up for the expected loss revenue would be to begin a school year space school program. This is just an idea that I thought I'd post first on the egroup to see what many of you thought about it. Give me your opinions. It's a different kind of a camp than we normally run. It will be heavier in the classes but they do get a Voyager mission and the overnight camp. The Space Center is open on Fridays because we are taking 2 classes per day Monday thru Thursday. 

Again, this is only for this school year. Its purpose would be to salvage some of the expected loss revenue from our summer camps. In addition - it will provide another opportunity for our students to come and get more class and flight hours. Anyway - read it over and post your opinions. Will it work? Will kids talk their parents into 
taking a Friday off to go to Space School? Is it something you would be interested in? 

An idea for School Year Space School. Each camp would take 20 students. The students would miss one day of school to attend the camp. We would do one camp each month. 
Price: approx. $80.00 

Camp begins Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. 
1. Planetarium lessons 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
2. Astronomical observations. 8:30 P.M. to 9:45 P.M.
3. Bed at 10:00 P.M.

1. Up at 8:00 A.M. Breakfast
2. 9-9:45 A.M. Planetarium
3. 9:50 A.M. Lessons in the Briefing room.
4. Lunch at 11:40 A.M.
5. Magellan from 12:00 P.M. to 12:30 P.M.
6. Voyager /Odyssey Missions from 12:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
7. Fitness for Space from 3:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
8. Video from 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
9. Supper from 6:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
10. Overnight Mission from 6:30 P.M. to 10:00 A.M. Sat. 

The Space Camp kids would be joined by the regular Fri. overnight kids.

There it is and you all saw this idea first. Will we do it? I don't know yet. Post your opinions and suggestions.

Mr. Williamson

Theater Imaginarium
The best Gifs of the week edited for a general audience. 

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