U.S. Space and Rocket Center

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Davidson Center

What fun!  Here, on a cold, rainy day, at the home of Space Camp and “Rocket City,” (Huntsville) Alabama, Austin and I enjoyed a full day of continuous interactive learning at the “Math Alive” exhibit presented by Raytheon, and at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.  Though not cheap, costing us $41.oo (with discounted purchase at Redstone Arsenal ITR) for admission and one IMAX movie, this was the best math learning experience that Austin has ever had.  Even he stated as we left that he “didn’t once get bored.”  An impressive statement if you know Austin well!

Rocket inside museum
Rocket inside museum

Favorites were the IMAX presentation, “Magnificent Desolation,” about the surface of the moon and the astronauts’ advantages and difficulties getting around and working while on the surface, also, even though very difficult, the F-18 Flight Simulator was a fun test on patience and multitasking.  There is even a full size Apache simulator but it comes with a 13-year-old AND 5′ tall requirement in order to be able to operate it but Austin is neither quite yet.

Electronic mirror
Electronic mirror
Designing a skateboard
Designing and testing a skateboard
Piloting F-18 Flight Simulator
Piloting F-18 Flight Simulator

Unfortunately for us, the campus was so large and with so many interactive stations that we couldn’t get to them all, and with the rain on us we spent very little time outside at the numerous displays.  But what could be a better problem than having so many learning opportunities at one site that as hard as you tried, you couldn’t get to them all?  In the end, we both agreed that if ever back in Huntsville, this will again be a must visit!

Inside shuttle
Inside shuttle
Music as math
Math as music and music as math
Inside workings of rocket
Inside workings of rocket
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2 thoughts on “U.S. Space and Rocket Center

    U.S. Space and Rocket Center said:
    February 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your recent experience at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! We are so glad you and your son had such a great time! We hope you will come back and visit soon. If you are planning to regularly visit science centers during your travels we would recommend becoming an ASTC passport member. One membership gets you free general admission to apx. 250 other centers across the country. http://astc.org/members/passlist_about.htm

      Dusty Baker Adamson said:
      February 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thanks for your comment! Sounds like a great idea as we still have 46 states to go this year plus D.C. and Ottawa!

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