The other day, my class went on a field trip to NASA, also known as The Kennedy Space Center. In the beginning, I was so excited because I had never gone there before…and it was great! For those who haven’t gone to NASA before, I DO recommend going there, because it’s loads of fun. NASA is a great place for both tourists and locals because it’s fun-filled for all ages.
The first thing we did when we got to school at 6:45 am was board the bus. My bus partner was Zoe, and the entire ride we just played Minecraft (me), read (Zoe), watched movies (both), and listened to music (both). Though the bus seemed boring, it was better being there with friends because the time flew by fast.
When we arrived at NASA, we had about 15 minutes of waiting around to get our tickets, to actually get inside the NASA grounds. We then took a quick trip to the restroom, and then got moving. After the waiting, we boarded ANOTHER bus, but this bus took us around the NASA grounds and showed us different artifacts.
After getting dropped off by the bus to our next destination, we made our way into this big room with three screens and a projector. From there, you probably know what we did…watched a clip of the history of NASA. From that room, we made our way into another room that also had a screen, but it had a lab with a bunch of buttons. During the video, we learned that the lab was the same one in which they had worked in while monitoring the first trip to the moon.
After THAT movie, we made our way into this big, open spaced room, but when you looked up, there was a HUGE replica of a rocket. There, we had about 20 minutes of free time to explore that room, which contained a small gift shop, a mini-museum, a small van in which astronauts would ride in before boarding the rocketship, etc.
Following that, we went back to where we started. From there, we ate lunch. After lunch, we had about three hours of free time to explore NASA in our groups. My group included Zoe, Evie, Rebecca, and our chaperones, Evie’s dad and Rebecca’s mom. In our ‘free time’ we went to see an IMAX movie about the Hubble. That film was one of the highlights
of my day. It was absolutely amazing! One thing we learned during that movie was that in space, there are three stars that line up diagonally, but under that, there is a rose-colored cloudy thing. The Hubble was able to take a picture of the inside of that cloudy substance, and inside were infant stars and solar systems (tadpoles).
After the movie, we decided we had wanted to go into the space simulator. They explained it as being inside a spaceship, taking off, and being upside-down…that’s exactly what it was. This was another highlight of my day, because I had been looking forward to doing this for a while.
Next, we went into the ‘Angry Birds Space’ exhibit/arcade place where there were iPads everywhere with the app/game ‘Angry Birds’ open so you could play, they had life sized angry birds with slingshots that looked like the ones in the actual game, they had a mirror maze (believe it or not, it was harder than it sounds), and lazer tag. I thought it was kind of cool, but I was looking forward to doing something else.
Then, we made our way to the rocket garden, where you could walk around, look at rockets, go into replicas or rocket parts, etc. Though we didn’t stay in there long, it was very fun. After, we made our way to the gift shop, where just about everyone from our group was, I bought a really cool NASA pen that has a light on one side, a pen on the other, and an extra tip that was a stylus for any touchscreen device. Though I didn’t get much, I was just thinking about the next time I would go to NASA because of all the fun I had encountered.
This field trip was, by far, the BEST field trip I had been on. The entire experience was
amazing, and now you know why. Next time, I want to bring the rest of my family with me, because neither my mom or my dad was able to go, and I know my sister would love it just as much as I did. Anyway, I loved this trip, and hope to go again soon.