Out of the world
The 12-day visit to the US especially to NASA was enriching and educating.
Hands on:A surreal experience
The students of Ryan International School, Kundalahalli got a wonderful opportunity to visit NASA during their 12-day stay in the U. S., recently.
In all, 20 students accompanied by their Principal Prashant Fernandes and coordinator Ronald D' Souza, visited NASA. It fuelled their dreams of entering into world of space sciences and aeronautics.
The students spent the first four days at the Space Centre Houston, learning a lot about space sciences, astronauts and their lives, performing various activities like virtual rocket launching, making rovers in Mars and so on. Students had the opportunity to interact with an astronaut who inspired them to realise their dreams. They were told that the Centre was the only place on earth that gave itsguests an out-of-this-world journey into space.
Visitors could understand the past, experience the present, and be a part of the future space programme.
Their next stop was the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando. The students got a unique chance to tour NASA's launch and landing facilities, experience interactive simulators, enjoy live shows and have jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets.
Apart from NASA, the group of students enjoyed scuba diving, visited Disney World and Universal Studios and they got an opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty in New York besides a visit to the Niagara Falls, during the last leg of their visit.
“Visiting NASA was a dream come true. My experiences in NASA was really unique, amazing and enriching,” said Yashika Kalra. “Visiting a foreign country — their food habits and work culture was an education in itself. Staying for a couple of weeks away from home taught me to be organised. Two weeks just flew by and before I knew it the trip was over. The people at NASA were very helpful and interaction with the astronauts taught me about the sacrifices one has to make to achieve one's goals. The launch pad at Cape Canaveral was very impressive,” added Nimalesh Jayakumar.