WOW! When we were first signing up to do these field trips, most were a little hesitant to sign up for Kennedy Space Center. They knew that it would be great and very educational. However, they wanted to do the fun parks. But boy oh boy, was NASA fun! They truly rolled out the red carpet for us on this event.
Of course we had to go in DEN style. For our "head gear" this time around I thought we’d have a little fun with creatures from space. With my favorite alien Mork as inspiration, I searched various spots for antennae. Ours were blue and gold stars for the STAR DEN! We had quite a few comments by many visitors. None thought we were too insane. Wendy and Cheryl though were really stylin’ with their new DEN Lab Coats, star antennae and 3-D IMax glasses.
We were met by Larry Harvey who gave us some information on NASA and the space program in education. He also explained a bit more about SciTech Trek to those who had not heard about the program before. Next on the agenda, North Florida’s Cosmeo Kid Tommy Futch. He explained how this summer he went to Space Camp in Alabama and used Cosmeo before and after the camp to enhance and deepen his knowledge. Tommy looked really smart wearing his Space Camp Suit! He was a very important key to our field trip. The teachers are suppose to write pre and post field trip activities for students using Cosmeo. Who better to give them some ideas of what to do than Tommy?!
After an I-Max film about the Space Program, we got to have a great lunch and win some prizes. Yummy food, fantastic dessert, and some great knowledge passed around as we networked with each other. Then came out Mark Lee, a retired astronaut with four space missions to his name. We enjoyed hearing his tales of space travel and then his answers to questions he entertained from the Audience. I’ll try to share this session later next week. I do have to say that the teachers came out in Ana McMoran from Hernando and Wendy Norton from Osceola. Ana asked him to share his favorite memory from space, and when Mr. Lee started going over several Ana reminded him she only asked for one. Then Wendy asked the question that was on everyone’s mind, but no one had the nerve or the right wording to ask, "How do astronauts use the restroom in space?"
Everyone broke up after that to experience different events at the Kennedy Space Center. Some of us went on the bus tour, while other checked out the other I Max and the Hall of Fame. The small group on the bus tour also sampled Freeze Dried Ice-Cream and Oreo Cookies. I have to admit that as a child I always enjoyed this treat, but now I have to wonder why. YUCK!
It’s late, but Joey and I want to explore a little more about Space – so where am I taking Joey? Cosmeo! I found 5 great brain games, including the Cassini Mission and a quiz show that I’m sure to fail. Guess I better watch the videos and read the articles first. Joey’s gathering information for his field trip report, due on Monday. Thank goodness for Cosmeo, because mommy did not take notes.