Hannah and I took a little field trip today to American Village to listen to Mr. Robert Lightfoot, Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, talk about his life in small-town Montevallo, Alabama, to director of one of the ten NASA centers in the US.
I don’t have any pictures from his talk because I left my camera in the car. But he provided a couple of models to show how different the new space vehicle/rocket (for the trip to Mars) is compared to the shuttle, which is being discontinued. I decided not to pepper him with questions like WHY IN THE WORLD ARE Y’ALL WASTING MONEY ON A TRIP TO MARS?! MARS? REALLY? The 6th graders in the room had better questions. While I was shocked to hear that the flight is scheduled for 2018, the kids saw nothing ridiculous about sending humans to Mars.
All-in-all, he was very interesting and engaging. NASA provided each student with a bag full of glossy space photos and learning tools, astronaut photos, and shuttle paraphernalia. We teachers made it home with a complimentary copy of NASA’s “Rockets” curriculum among other sweet freebies. I’m glad we went, but not just because of the free stuff.
Hannah and I enjoyed our day together. If you ever visit Montevallo, I highly recommend a little coffee house/gourmet restaurant/book store called Eclipse. It’s on Hwy 119 (beside Jack’s). Here’s Hannah nomming her first club sandwich and bottled Coca-Cola:
(Karl: “So you didn’t get any pictures of the talk, but you did manage to take 40 pictures of book shelves?” Me: “So you’ll know what to do with the girls’ room after they move away.”)
After much cajoling to leave the rooms full of books, Hannah and I decided to take a drive-thru tour of the University of Montevallo. It’s a “pretty-ish sort of” campus, so I gave H the camera and told her to take pictures of whatever she liked.
We capped the day with a visit to the Galleria. After all, no field trip would be complete without a trip to the mall.