Trip is a reward from parents for getting straight A’s
CLYDE – While some kids get a couple of dollars or dinner out as a reward for good grades, 10-year-old Alexandriya Brake of Clyde got something a little more exciting: a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
To encourage her to keep her grades up, her parents, Jason and Kateryna Brake, promised she could attend the camp if she earned straight A’s in the last quarter of school. She did.
Jason said the trip had a dual purpose: reward and encouragement.
“One of the reasons we sent her down there was she has to learn science and math in school. Now she’ll want to be more involved in that in school,” he said.
Space Camp, located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, is designed to expose kids to careers in the space field. The camp offers three programs: Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Mach I, and Space Camp Robotics. Alexandriya attended Aviation Challenge in August, where she learned basic principals of aviation and survival skills for the air and the ground, including experiencing a simulated helicopter crash.
“We had to wear lifejackets and were put in a helicopter. We had to go through the side door and swim to a white pole,” she said. “We saw a replica of Area 51, and we flew fighter jets with a simulator.”
Alexandriya said her favorite part of the week was survival training, which included a nighttime game of hiding from the “enemy,” and a daytime activity in which they learned how to purify water.
“We built a fire shelter, and we also got to make drinkable water. We used bandage wrap and rocks and some other stuff and the tops and bottoms of pop bottles to filter the water,” she said. “They told us you could also use bleach, but you have to use an eyedropper and use only one drop and it would make it drinkable.”
During the week, campers visited a space museum and heard retired astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson speak.
“He flew all the space shuttles except the Discovery, and his wife flew the Discovery twice,” Alexandriya said.
Alexandriya plans to return next year for the Space Camp program, where she can use a simulator to learn how to fly a space shuttle. For now, she is enjoying being a fifth grade student in the Margaretta School system.
“I wanted to go to Space Camp because I am choosing what career path to follow,” she said. “Now I know I want to fly fighter jets.”
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