In keeping with the our belief of stretching our limits and thinking “out-of-the-box” here at Pathways World School, we had an amazing opportunity of sending 12 of our students for a Junior Space School Program, at NASA, Johnson Space Centre, Houston in collaboration with Atlantis Research.
Our students have been through a great learning experience in the Space School with some very competent faculty members like Mr. Dave Brown and Ms. Hannah. In addition to this, the stimulating lectures with Dr.Satish Reddy, Ms. Heather Paul and Mr. Patrick Buzzard have stirred an extra-ordinary level of interest in space exploration and research amongst our students. Special thanks is due to Mr. James Semple, the Education Specialist at the Johnson Space Centre for creating the ideal environment for our students to learn, grow and share ideas about Rocket Science and Space Exploration even as they have gained tremendously in confidence after this exposure.
All the projects done by our students on the Rocket, Shuttle Glider, ISS and the Rover were opportunities for testing theoretical scientific constructs in real life situations. The Graduation Ceremony graced by Ms Anita Gale and Mr Dick Edward [Senior Engineers with the Shuttle Division of Boeing] was remarkable in its sobriety. Our students who won the competition and also the others who participated in this Space Program were delighted by the appreciation showered by the faculty members of the Johnson Space School.
After these cerebral sessions at Houston, the well deserved break at Orlando will forever be etched in our memories. Being on one of the fastest roller coasters in the world, “The Hulk‟ or watching “The Shamu Show” was definitely one of the many high points of our stay at Orlando. Food, boarding and transport arrangements were truly custom-made for our requirements and at Pathways; we appreciate the special care given to our students. Truly an awe-inspiring trip to the United States, showcasing the best of Research & Development in Space and Entertainment in the world. A great trip came to an end, but the stories have just begun doing the rounds in the corridors of Pathways.
We do hope that this will set the precedent for many more exposures of this kind for our students & teachers in the future.