|Todd and a few of his students from the Colegio Internacional de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela. The posters|
advertise two of the missions he tells in his Dream Flight Adventures simulator.
Todd Lichtenwalter is one of the few, the proud, the chosen in the educational community. He's the teacher everyone wants because of his enthusiasm and limitless imagination. His students at the Colegio Internacional de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela have the IKS Artemis Charger Dream Flight Adventures simulator thanks to him; and what a ship it is - the only international Voyager inspired simulator flying the Space EdVentures' flag.
|The Bridge of the IKS Artemis Charger in Valencia, Venezuela|
The IKS Artemis Charger is in the school's Education Immersion Center, I'm sure Todd's home away from home if he is like any of the rest of us who operate these brick and mortar starship simulators.
Recently Todd sent an email saying a paper he wrote titled To Infinity and Beyond: An Infinity Learning Space in Valencia, Venezuela was accepted to be published in October's online edition of The International Educator. The entire article will be available at tieonline.com in October. In the article, Todd was kind to put in this paragraph giving a shout out to the movement's history.
Education Immersion Center Missions
Spaceship simulators in schools have a long history and are an excellent choice for an ILS because they encapsulate an integrated approach to learning. The birthplace of spaceship simulators dates back to 1983 with the grandfather of spaceship sims, Victor Williamson of Utah, USA. Over the years, 66 spaceship simulators, including our own, can trace their roots back to him. Mr. Williamson understood the value of 21st Century Skills long before the term was coined.
Over the next several posts I'll highlight sections of Todd's article (realizing our busy readers may not have the time or bandwidth to sit down and read the entire article, after all it is the start of another school year). You'll find it insightful in how he envisions a fully functioning simulator based immersion program.
Learn more about Todd by visiting his website: toddlichtenwalter.com. You may reach Todd directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renaissance Space Academy and its Great Summer Space Camps. All Good Things Must Come to an End (Until Next Summer of Course)
With the end of summer vacation comes the end of Renaissance Space Academy's summer space camps. Mr. Funk and staff did a fantastic job offering one of Utah's best kid's camps. And that's not just us bragging - you should read the reviews!
The missions were intense and thought provoking. Mr. Robinson and Mr. Vidinha's classes were engaging and inspiring, and the Academy's volunteers superb in all areas. It was the dream team imagineering two outstanding simulators - the Voyager and the Nighthawk.
The Space Academy is in full school year mode. Visit the website for information on the Academy's two space clubs: The Young Astronauts for grades 4-5 and the Voyagers for grades 6-8. Expect to see a few after school computer coding classes using the GoogleCS curriculum. And of course everyone is welcome to come to the Academy for private missions in either the Voyager or Nighthawk simulators. Let me be more specific about the private missions. You need to be between the ages of 9 and 109 to participate (yes we can accomodate grandma's wheelchair).
Visit SpaceCampUtah.org for more information or contact me at Director@SpaceCampUtah.org or Bracken Funk at Bracken@SpaceCampUtah.org for more information.
|Mr. Funk knows how to get the kids thinking while playing during their lunch recess time|
|Left, the Voyager's Captain listens to the crew while they take a short break to discuss the mess they're in. Right, the crew get themselves settled for Mr. Funk's brainstorming session on the best ways Not to Die in Space|
|Discussions end in the Briefing Room. The crew is ready for their uniforms and "transport" to the bridge|
|Left: the crew prepares the ship for mission continuation. Right: This officer is either a casualty of a cowardly attack on the Voyager or had a bit too much Romulan Ale during lunch|
|Left: the Voyager crew works its way through the launch checklist. Right: Mark rests his brain for a moment. Decoding|
complex instructions from Fleet Command takes a toll on the young mind.
|Meanwhile, the crew of the nighthawk are aboard their ship and ready for departure from the Voyager.|
|Left: Ethan double checks his controls before the Nighthawk detaches from the Voyager. Right: You can't run a|
great space camp without the best trained and most intelligent volunteers in the network
|Great volunteers need an outstanding staff to give them direction. Left: Spencer in the Nighthawk Control Room.|
Right: Mr. Funk and Jennie deep in thought as they imagineer the Voyager Crew in and out of trouble
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