The stars don’t look bigger but they do look brighter. ~ Sally Ride
3 - 2 - 1 - BLAST OFF! On March 14, our fifth grade students and teachers launched to AstroCamp up in Idyllwild. This two-night trip gives our students the opportunity to learn in another environment and have their first Harbor Day School overnight experience.
Like many independent schools, Harbor Day School values “outdoor education,” which allows students to stretch in independence and to bond over challenges. Outdoor education also exposes students to new environments, gives them authentic learning about various ecosystems, and provides valuable time away from screens and with their classmates. Looking up at the stars rather than down at a phone provides the students with the chance to wonder together about the vastness of their world, their place in the time-space continuum, or where they will find themselves in ten years.
At AstroCamp our students will sleep in bunkrooms, eat in the mess hall, and experience activities such as star-gazing, sighting planets through the telescope, rock climbing, and a night hike. A favorite activity for most of the students is rocket building and launching. Counselors bring a level of fun and get to know the students. In looking up how to properly spell AstroCamp, I was surprised to find out that it has 5 stars on Yelp.
I know that our students will have a great experience and benefit from the time together and away from our campus. Who knows, one of them may find their interest in astronomy sparked and find themselves working at NASA one day.