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High School Pupils Visit Florida For Out Of This World STEM Trip
23rd November 2023
Pupils from the High School of Dundee ventured across the Atlantic last month for the science trip of a lifetime, with highlights including indoor skydiving, photos with an astronaut and a live rocket launch.
The group of 66 pupils and 6 staff members spent the first three days of their trip at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre on Merritt Island.
The centre, which was founded in 1967, is a premier multi-user spaceport which is home to iconic spacecraft including the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket.
While there, HSD pupils were given the chance to visit and photograph areas of the facility which are usually restricted, including a launchpad and the Vehicle Assembly Building.
They also tried their hand at coding lunar robots, rode a space shuttle simulator, touched and met up with former astronaut Bob Cenker for a Q and A.
Following their time at the space centre, pupils and staff kept the adrenaline pumping with a visit to Universal Studios and an indoor skydiving experience.
The trip ended with a bang as students witnessed the launch of Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket from the comfort of a fan boat in the alligator-infested swamps of Everglades National Park.
F3 pupil Finn said: "This science trip was cool - part of what made it was the friends we made along the way."
Fraser, who is in F5, added: "The STEM trip was eye-opening and a great collaborative experience."