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David Amidon: Honeywell Educator @ Space Camp 2013
Transcript of David Amidon: Honeywell Educator @ Space Camp 2013
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Lessons & Activities
AREA 51 - Low Ropes Course
THANK YOU HONEYWELL!!
May 29, 2013
Former Astronaut Donald Thomas, PhD and Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe visit LaFayette Jr/ Sr High School to deliver the Space Camp flight suit and present to the 6th - 8th grade classes.
Later, a formal recognition event was held at Honeywell's Onondaga lake Visitor's Center. May 29th was designated Honeywell Educators @ Space Camp Day for Onondaga County by County Executive Joanie Mahoney.
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#NASA’s Veteran Astronaut Robert L. Gibson welcomes #Honeywell Educators and shares his space journey experience pic.twitter.com/EZRxYxpwFk
Captain Gibson shared many stories and described experiences from his life, including his 5 shuttle missions. He made a point to share the significance of the mission patches and the astronauts' contributions to their construction.
NASA engineer and novelist, Homer shared many stories from his life growing up in West Virginia. He went on to preview his new novels about a moon colony, Crater and Crescent.
I took the opportunity to share a birthday cupcake with Mr. Hickam after his talk.
Lunar Base Challenge
X Prize: Lunar Lander/ Rover
Thanks to my team for making my experience truly special. It is rare for a group of people to work so well together and I feel we truly represented the ideals of a collaborative team. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments - and scoring the top Shuttle Mission!
Teachers were broken into groups named after modules of the International Space Station
Team Kibo had representatives from all over the US, as well as British and South African teachers as well!
The teams participated in all of the activities and simulations together, traveling as a group and following the same schedule. The camaraderie displayed by our group was second to none, and this made my week a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As a group, we came up with our mission patch to represent our team -displaying the Japanese kanji of KIBO, which means "Hope."
We each built and launched our own rockets!
Practiced communicating effectively by building contraptions and explaining how to recreate it for our partners.
Groups are provided a set of materials and a limited account to build a heat shield. The goal was to use the smallest budget to build the lightest structure 1 cm thick that could prevent a blowtorch from cooking an egg placed 2 inches from the flame.
Awesome team-building experience!
Series of challenges presented to smaller groups. Each person took on the "leader" role to explain the rules and determine how to plan the strategy.
Groups were challenged to build a lander that successfully protects an egg from breaking as it is dropped 2 stories. Then, a rover contained in the lander is rolled down a ramp.
Teams earned points for landing in a target zone, rolling the farthest, staying under budget...and keeping the egg intact!
Simple DNA Extraction
Opportunity to introduce variables and inquiry into an interesting lab!
Easy method to separate DNA from fruits and other foods.
Groups design sections of a lunar base for specific sections such as a medical unit, science station, tourist area, etc.
Posters are used to present sales pitch, points are earned based on budget, design and presentation.
Design a filter to clean a sample of water with many contaminents.
Groups use many different materials to build the filter, gravel, sand, charcoal, etc. Water is tested up to three times to determine type of contanimation and effectiveness of apparatus.
Groups earn points based on water quality and efficiency.
Experimented with programmable robots.
Experienced helicopter crash scenario and zip line.
Pin earned when Team Kibo was rated Best Shuttle Mission for Space Camp.
...AND THANKS FOR A GREAT BIRTHDAY!
Who else rides the Multi-Axis Trainer and shares cupcakes with Homer Hickam?
Simulations give teachers roles in Mission Control, Orion Capsule, Space Shuttle, Space Station and Lunar Base.
Not enough space to describe - just an amazing experience!
ALSO - THANKS TO OUR TEAM LEADER
JENNIFER KENNEDY! SHE PUTS THE "GO" IN KIBO!
Advance again - then hit the play button one more time!
Helicopter Evac and Zipline
FOR MORE PICTURES FROM SPACE CAMP - CLICK HERE