TSB students Marcus Johnson, Savannah Copithorne and Leah Mayberry attended the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) during the last week of September. The experience allowed the students to be exposed to the experiences and life of a NASA astronaut. All three got to feel and experience first hand what few of us ever do… what it’s like to be in space.
Leah and Savannah were participants in the Space Academy portion of Space Camp. In Space Academy, they learned about
flight hardware and NASA’s Space history. They also participated in team building activities, created a community on “the moon”, then planned and participated in a variety of space missions. As if that wasn’t enough, they also tried out simulators in order to experience zero gravity, and then built and lunched model rockets.
Marcus participated in Advanced Academy which built off of the experiences in Space Academy.
He also was able to learn about space hardware, history, and build and launch a rocket. Additionally, Marcus was able to participate in an extended duration mission, lasting for three hours, and he also was able to challenge himself in Area 51. Area 51 is physically challenging. Marcus chose to try all of the elements presented to him including the Zip line, Climbing Wall, Ropes, and Pamper Pole.
All three students said they had a great time and really enjoyed the week long space experience. They though becoming an astronaut for a week was great. But all this can best be said in their own words. Here is what they had to say:
Space camp was awesome! There were lots of simulators. I rode some of them. On one simulator, I had to sit in a chair and jump. And then there was a space shot. I was strapped in a chair, and it shot me up in the air. That thing was scary because all I did was sit down in the chair! -Leah Mayberry
My experience at space camp was a really good one. I enjoyed many things at camp from things like the museums and the Lego robotics classes. Also, I enjoyed the space missions and swimming. I’m very happy I had the opportunity to go to space camp because I made so many new friends from all over the world with whom I plan to keep in contact. Space camp was great, and I had an amazing time learning and doing fun things along the way. It made me even more excited about science and also made me want to learn more. - Savannah Copithorne
Space camp was a wonderful experience for me. It's one of those experiences that you carry with you for the rest of your life. I was able to learn so much information and meet so many different people throughout the week. There wasn't a single point in time throughout the week where I wasn't excited. I was intrigued by the information we learned, activities we completed, or people I interacted with. I certainly hope that students from our school continue to get the opportunity to attend this wonderful program. My crew trainer was my favorite. She was always teaching my team new interesting things. She wasn't very friendly at the beginning of the week, but we all got used to each other quickly and couldn't bear to see each other leave on the last day. We all got along so well. My team won the award for the most Spirited Team at grad-uation. It still amazes me that we went from not speaking to each other at the beginning of the week to encouraging each other to jump off of forty foot poles. I met some wonderful people, and I plan to keep in contact with many of them. -Marcus Johnson
This years campers, along with the school, express thanks to the Friends of TSB for making these trips possible!