Our Super STEM Trip to NASA

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Mr Broad and Miss Cadman worked with I.S.S.E.T, St Jospeph’s Primary School and Evenlode Primary School to give Dosbarth Derw the exciting opportunity to visit Kennedy Space Centre! Those who attended enjoyed an action-packed week of learning all about space exploration and seeing the sights of Florida as part of the astronaut-training programme.

The trip was organised to improve STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths). In the classroom the atmosphere is electric as everybody looks back on our amazing opportunity.

Before we took part in the Junior Astronaut Training programme, Mr Broad invited Science Burp to teach us about astronaut food in class. We tried freeze-dried space food (it was surprisingly tasty!)

We tried freeze dried fruit and veg!

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In class we have learnt to use green screens as part of our Film Club project. We used these skills and pretended to be real astronauts! We even made a thank you video to our sponsors using the animate funcction on J2E and greenscreen.

We would like to give a HUGE thanks to our sponsors Scholastic, Cornerstones and 5-a-day for helping us reach for the stars with their generous donations!

We got together with our partner schools during the build up to the trip and participated in a range of Space themed lessons. We even designed our own mission badge, just like the real astronauts!

…We were even in the local news!

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10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1…Blast Off!

#SpaceCamp15 Mission Log: Day 1 – Travelling to USA

Early on a Saturday morning, 10 very tired children from Barry Island Primary and their 4 new friends waved their parents goodbye as they set off on an adventure of a lifetime.

Our adventure began on a very long trip to Heathrow Airport to catch our first plane.       While at Heathrow we enjoyed our last British Breakfast, before flying to Chicago. From there we took a shorter flight to Orlando, Florida.

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Day 2- Arriving at Kennedy Space Centre

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On our first action-packed day we took a trip to Kennedy space centre. We explored the rocket garden and looked at the history of rockets. We visited the famous Rocket Garden to visit discarded and refurbished rockets previously used by NASA.

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Later that day we went to the Atlantis space shuttle! We loved seeing the shuttle; it was an amazing photo opportunity! We then buckled up and rode the Atlantis space shuttle simulator; it felt like you were traveling through space!!

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Day 3 iFly Indoor Skydiving

The following day we visited iFly indoor skydiving. We wouldn’t begin our skydiving experience until we had learnt the physics behind the activity.

There was a chamber with huge fans underneath which lift you up! We felt like we were flying, this was the closest we would come to feeling weightless. And it was so much fun!

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Day 4 – SeaWorld

On Tuesday we had an amazing day at SeaWorld Orlando!

We started our day with a visit to the Shamu stadium. We sat at the front rows, and got EXTREMELY wet! After that we visited the education centre to look at the different creatures, and got a glimpse behind the scenes at their rescue missions, including the lab and some rescued manatees! We finished that day with a ride on some of SeaWorld’s famous roller coasters.

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We enjoyed a behind the scenes education workshop with the vets of Sea World

We watched the ultrasound of a pregnant dolphin and visited the enclosure.

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Day 5 – Merritt Island

A new day and a new adventure for BIPS! We went to Merritt Island Wildlife Park, and searched for alligators in the lagoons. We found some interesting creatures, but the best thing we found was a huge horseshoe crab!

Afterwards we went to another nearby lagoon and saw wild manatees up close!

We followed the instructions on the signs…VERY carefully!

After that amazing experience we went out for a meal but while we were there we saw more members of the NASA community. Jay Honeycutt is the former director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and former software designer for the Apollo landings. He shared some words of wisdom and some simply unbelievable stories about perseverance and dedication.

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We then ate our food with Jay and a shuttle designer and the lead investigator of the Columbia Shuttle disaster.

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Our one-in-a-lifetime trip to Florida has inspired us to become more involved with STEM. One day we could be one of the first people to land on Mars!

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“This is one small step for us, but it’s one giant leap for the next generation of LEARNERS!” AE

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