Saturday, June 18, 2011

Astronauts in the making - NASA Space Camp, Huntsville, US

For the fourth time in a row, the Shepherdians were given a chance to expand their horizons by a visit to the United States of America, the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama, to be precise, experiencing an interesting mix of work and play, enjoying the treat of the theme parks of Florida, covering Busch Garden, Sea World, Universal Studios, Island of Adventure and learning and working at the NASA Space and Rocket Center at Huntsville, Alabama, spread over a period of two weeks. The best halt was at Decatur, the house of Rotarian Mr Mark Maloney, where the group was greeted by pizzas, soft drinks and ice-creams and plenty of friends and exchange of gifts. At the space camp the children were able to rub shoulders with the famous astronaut, Story Musgrave, a visitor to space six times, who was the chief guest at the graduation ceremony of the summer camp. Shepherdians brought back plenty of prizes. Besides, each brought back his or her own share of memories, of either commanding or piloting a mission or experiencing a simulation or getting soaked in a roller coaster ride that splashes into water.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


62 students of the Good Shepherd International School (GSIS) traveled to the United States of America to participate in a space camp conducted by the United States Space and Rocket Center, the official Visitor Center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center. The camp was scheduled between June 6 and 10. The camp provided participants with a realistic and interactive astronaut training that will familiarise them with various aspects of space travel, motivate them to aim high, life skills such as reasoning, decision making, teamwork and communication.