Shemrock School‘s American expedition
On December 13, 2017 students of Shemrock Sr Sec School departed from IGI Airport for their NASA tour of 11 days. Each day included a one of a kind experience at popular locations of Orlando, Washington and New York.
Kennedy Space Centre (KSC) , one of the ten NASA field centres, located in Orlando, has been NASA’s primary launch center of human spaceflight. Students interacted with an astronaut and took a complete tour of the facility. The ‘Mission Zones’ include everything from the dawn of the space exploration to the ongoing missions, were explored by the group; including four zones — ‘Heroes & Legends’ celebrates the pioneers of NASA’s earliest programs, ‘Behind the Gates’ allows an access to the primitive launch sites and the science of spaceflight facilities, ‘Race to the Moon’ lets visitors witness Saturn V moon rocket’s magnitude, ‘Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other’ gives a liftoff experience at the Shuttle Launch Experience and is the permanent home of the genuine space shuttle Atlantis, and lastly the zone of ‘Nasa Now & Next’ offers a chance to know about the future missions of NASA.
The Universal Theme Park, also headquartered in Orlando is a prominent attraction. Based on famous classic and pop culture properties including cartoons, comics, movies and much more. Here, the students spent their day immersed in a distinct world of art. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, also known as Islands of Adventure, is a theme park with the slogan ‘Vacation Like You Mean It’, is all about an escapade on the fabrication of ‘Islands’ themed around Harry Potter, Doctor Suess, Marvel Superhero, and the Lost Continent based on legends and myths. Students spent their day journey across the world of adventure and exploration.
With the last stop being at the Premium Outlet Stores in Orlando, the group departed for Washington.The city tour included the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution (NASM), a museum which has the world’s largest stockpile of historic aircrafts and spacecrafts. The Washington Monument, which was built to immortalise the first President of the US and commander in chief of the Continental Army, George Washington, is built across the Lincoln Memorial which was built to commemorate the 16th President of the US. The students paid a visit to both the cenotaphs. Next on the list was the National WWII Museum which exhibits US experience during the 20th century, It maintains an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution. The city tour ended with a photo-stop outside the White House.
The concluding days of the tour were spent in New York. The city tour covered Wall Street, Central Park and Times Square at night.The evening spent at Times Square which is often called ‘The Crossroads of the World’ left the students baffled. The visit to The Statue of Liberty included a boat ride at Liberty Island. The colossal is neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.
A hands on experience of the state of the world is an eye-opener. As students, we are nurtured in a sheltered environment. Through travel, we find a perfect blend between education and recreation. Allowing oneself to be vulnerable to the existing diversity, and learning to appreciate the same, paves the way to co-create a world of like-mindedness.
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