Sunday, May 15, 2022
An All Time Record High Score for the Voyager Club at Renaissance Academy's The Space Place. That Middle School Tiger Team is Awesome. Plus this Week's Imaginarium Theater
Sunday, May 8, 2022
The Staff of the Christa McAuliffe Space Center Gather for a Summer Planning Breakfast. My Students Transition to a European Parliamentary Democracy and are About to Learn Some Hard Lessons in Life. Imaginarium Theater
Saturday, May 7th. The staff of the Christa McAuliffe Space Center gathered for an early, pre-private mission breakfast. The fixens were good; sausages, waffles, fruit, bagels, and scrambled eggs.
Gone were the old staples of a Space Center breakfast; Gogurts, Tampico, and nearly all you could eat Walmart glazed donuts. The Space Center has come a long way.
A television was brought in to ensure the younglings had a screen to stare at just in case face to face conversation led to awkward pauses. Old cartoons from their collective childhoods was on the line up.
My 6th Grade history classes completed our World War I / Absolute Monarchy simulation and retired our beloved Czar Tyler. He did a great job getting us through the Russo/Japanese War and getting us into World War I as Russia. On Monday the students arrived to see the room transformed into post World War I Germany.
The new doorway sign as you enter my classroom
The Flag and Signs Behind the Chancellor's Desk in my classroom
This unit has a couple objectives. 1) Students participate in a European style parliamentary democracy. 2) Students learn economics through the hyperinflation soon to befall them - the same hyperinflation that decimated the German mark during the Weimar Republic. 3) Students will understand the how and why of the rise of fascism and nationalism and the reasons for World War 2.
Of course, this simulation runs in the background of our normal history curriculum. We are learning about the Aztec, Incas, and Mayans right now and next week will introduce the Reformation.
A parliamentary democracy needs political parties. My classes created two parties: The German Innocents and The German Destiny Parties. Elections for the nation's Reichstag were held on Thursday. The students spent Monday - Wednesday campaigning. Preparing yourself, there was a good deal of mudslinging going on in the campaign. Politics can be a dirty business.
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Sunday, May 1, 2022
Behind the Scenes: The Telling of the 5 Hour Mission Silhouette on the Starship Voyager. Perfection in the Art and Science of Space EdVentures. Imaginarium Theater.
The Starship Voyager was busy with public missions on Saturday. A prom group occupied the starship Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon was reserved for an adult group wanting the Voyager experience. The group was made up of space edventure enthusiasts. They are regulars at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center. Saturday was their 2nd visit to the Voyager for a 5 hour mission.
Going on a Bracken Funk and Megan Warner Voyager mission is to experience perfection in the art and science of space edventuring. While I pioneered and perfected this form of techno-storytelling over the last 38 years, I proudly admit there are some practitioners who have mastered the art and science of space edventuring far beyond my capabilities. These folks are master storytellers, excellent actors, and encouraging supervisors. In addition to those things, a master in the art and science of Space EdVenturing is someone who can also write and produce outstanding missions. It is a person with the skills to render a mission into usable Thorium script and illustrate it with eye catching tactical screens.
Bracken Funk is such a master. Put him in the flight director seat with the great Megan Warner to see the Voyager's dream team in action. Adding a reliable and talented staff of supervisors and volunteers is the next ingredient to a perfect mission. With everything in place, sit back and watch the magic happen.