Construction of the new Christa McAuliffe Space Center and Central Elementary School started Thursday, April 4, 2019. The heavy machinery was on the playground before the keep out fencing went up. First to go were the big trees which lined the east side of the playground.
|Left: this empty lot is where the old LDS church sat until it was tore down around ten years ago. The district bought the lot as a site for a future Space Center. Right: Down goes the first basketball standard.|
I went back to the school for an update on Friday, April 5. Construction fencing was up and the heavy machinery was at work removing trees, shrubs, and the lawn.
The afternoon recess baseball game. Chad Mills is up to bat. Aaron Hilton is catching. The big CAT bulldozer in the photo above is sitting a bit behind the old baseball field backstop.
The Troubadour will give you weekly updates on construction mixed with pictures from the school's history. Stay tuned; the countdown is running. One Year To Go!
Volunteering: The Core of the Space EdVentures Experience
Good volunteers continue to be staffing core of all Space EdVenture centers: Christa McAuliffe Space Center, Reality's Edge, Space Academy, Telos Discovery Space Center, and the Lion's Gate Center.
Mr. James Porter from the Christa McAuliffe Space Center recently talked with BYUradio host Rachel Wadham (Worlds Awaiting) about volunteering. You can listen to the interview through this link.
To Volunteer at any of the local Space EdVenture Centers please contact:
• The Christa McAuliffe Space Center: https://spacecenter.alpineschools.org/volunteer
• The Space Academy (Renaissance Academy, Lehi): Director@SpaceCampUtah.org
• Telos Discovery Space Center (Orem):
• Reality's Edge (Canyon Grove Academy, Pleasant Grove).
• The Lion's Gate Center (Saratoga Springs).
Space Tech: The Space EdVenturing Class at Renaissance Space Academy Learns Theatrical Makeup.
Renaissance Academy is home to the Space Academy. The Space Academy offers a four level experiential learning program to RA's students:
- Tier One: InfiniD Missions. All RA students fly InfiniD missions during the school day throughout the school year.
- Tier Two: Space Tech. Students in the 6-8th grades may enroll in Space Tech, an elective course taught during the school day in the Voyager simulator and its classroom. Space Tech is taught by Mr. Robinson and Mr. Funk.
- Tier Three: Young Astronauts / Voyagers. Students who wish to take the experience further may join the after school Young Astronauts and Voyager Clubs. Two hundred students are members this school year.
- Tier Four: Space Academy Leadership Training (SALT). Students wanting to go the full distance may also join the SALT program. Think of SALT as a Starfleet Junior ROTC program for students in the 4th - 8th grades.
Theatrical makeup is one of several units taught to the Space Tech students. Myles was the guinea pig last week. The task, how to create nearly believable injuries. I'm guessing Myles didn't follow the ship's standard protocols for purging the ship's jump engine from plasma overflow. Wanting to shortcut the procedure, Myles didn't wear the required protective headgear. He learned his lesson the hard way.
The Jump Ship Voyager has an Official Mascot. Think of Opie as our Staff and Volunteer Support Animal in Addition to his Duties as a Really Good Alien Detector
|The Staff with Opie on Saturday's 5 Hour Voyager Mission|
Front: Megan Warner, Opie, Ethan, Ammon, and Dylan.
Back: Bracken Funk, Logan Pederson, Camden Robinson
What a good dog. Opie is the best and so say we all. I met Opie on Saturday at the start of the Voyager's five hour private mission. He's a big dog so at first sight you must conquer your fear and not run for your life. Opie came right over and we made friends.
Camden Robinson is Opie's master. Mr. Robinson is Renaissance Academy's middle school history and debate teacher in addition to his duties with Bracken as the Space Tech class teacher. Camden is also on the Space Academy's staff. He teaches special historical units as part of the Academy's after school programs. He'll soon be a flight director.
Opie is quiet and isn't bothered by the simulator's loud noises. He keeps the staff occupied during those long waits between scenes and goes out if needed to play any role required.
Three cheers for Opie, the first Space EdVenture's mascot and canine volunteer.
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