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SEAD Academy teaches campers about space and teamwork

POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:52pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 9:25pm

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a space flight control specialist?

T Star and the SEAD Academy in Bryan just completed their first space camp which allowed campers to learn what it’s like to be a flight control specialist.

Matt Leonard T Star President said, “Space is one of those things where people get scared of it, because it’s technical and they think that it’s something they can’t understand so we're trying to introduce kids at a younger age and show they can be a part of it.”

The campers learned the characteristics of being a space flight controller specialist and how all the systems work together to create a successful flight.

“ This isn’t just a how does space work. It’s whatever system I’m working with. It's going to affect other systems, and I need to be aware. It’s what we call situational awareness they need to be aware of how they're system or what they’re doing is going to affect other things that are going on,” said Leonard.

While the campers learned many lessons about space, those aren’t the only things they learned. They also learned important life lessons as well, like the importance of team work and communication.

Leonard says, “No matter whether you go into the space industry or not, we think there’s some life lessons that come out of this. That if you learn to function as a team, you learn what happens when something fails. Does everyone run out of the room screaming?”

During the simulation many systems failed, but none of the campers ran from the room screaming. They were able to successfully complete the mission.


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