Walking 0.3 miles to Coca-Cola Space Center; flat sidewalks. Walking and standing up to 1-2 miles.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet at Houlihan's Restaurant; coffee, tea, water, juice available. Other beverages available for purchase.
Each morning, we will have exclusive access to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center before it is open to the general public. Though the Coca-Cola Space Science Center may appear small, it is an intimate setting to have unique experiences to enhance our knowledge of science with experts. Our first day will begin with an introduction to space exploration! In a classroom setting, our space experts will provide an overview of what it takes to lift off and soar through space! After our introduction, we will view the film 'Super Volcanoes' in the planetarium dome. We will learn about the rare types of volcanic eruptions beneath the surface of planet Earth. The film explores the impact that volcanism has on Earth and other planets, and if a supervolcano can erupt in our own time. We will then return to our classroom for our "Geology and Rocks" class. We will learn the process of identifying rocks and fossils, and about the rock cycle, how rocks form, and how to get better insight to their origin. We may even learn about the type of rocks that can be found on Mars!
At the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, we'll choose from the buffet.
After lunch, we will have some time to explore the center on our own. There are many artifacts to view from NASA. We will also have the opportunity to fly a cyber-fighter simulator! We will then gather as a group in our classroom to learn about comets and have the opportunity to build our own! We will construct comets using gravel, dry ice, and other materials, and have a friendly competition to see whose will go the farthest. We will then return to the classroom to learn about solar telescopes and the observation of the sun with an opportunity to go into the observatory room. Afterwards, we will finish our day at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center with a live planetarium star program with an expert on the solar system. Learn how to identify stars and gain a better understanding of the solar system!
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in downtown Columbus. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.