Sixth Graders make annual voyage to the Space Coast
It was all systems go, bright and early Wednesday, March 14, as 82 sixth graders and 8 chaperones boarded buses headed for the east coast of Florida. Their mission? Witness America’s space exploration first hand, volunteer in the community, and have some fun along the way!
The sixth grade Space Coast trip has become a much-anticipated tradition for our students, as it marks the first of the three Middle School grade level overnight field trips. Organized by sixth grade science teacher, Carrie Prieto, and facilitated by Appleseed Expeditions, the field trip covers two full days and one night in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
As in the past, this year’s journey started early in the morning, with busses loaded and on the road by 6:00 a.m. on March 14. The first stop was close to Vero Beach, where students volunteered at two different Head Start day care centers. They washed windows, raked leaves and played with the kids. The CDS students had as much fun as the preschoolers. “They started crying when we said goodbye – I didn’t want us to leave, either!” said one sixth grader.
Following a picnic lunch at Sebastian Inlet, students were allowed to explore the beaches and pier for a couple of hours before heading to Cocoa Beach. Weather derailed a planned kayaking expedition, but the children did not seem to mind as they went to the movies and enjoyed dinner at Olive Garden.
After an evening reflection on the day’s events, with a strong focus on the community service performed at Head Start, the students and chaperones tucked in for the night, in preparation for their 7:00 a.m. wakeup call. The next morning, they once again boarded the busses for their final destination: the Kennedy Space Center. The students split into teams, where they were challenged with building rovers using specific materials and a set budget; awards were later given to teams whose rovers went the farthest distance and to teams that spent the least amount of money. The rest of the afternoon, the students occupied themselves with behind-the-scenes tours, special presentations, and a journey through Atlantis (and its famous shuttle simulation).
The students fueled up on a pizza dinner – and dodged hungry seagulls! - prior to the 6:00 p.m. departure for home. They arrived safe and sound, tired, but ready to dream about reaching for the stars!
Follow their adventures on this video highlighting their Space Coast trip.