WATCH: Florida Prep Summer Students Visit Kennedy Space Center to Celebrate Apollo 11 50th Anniversary
By Space Coast Daily // July 30, 2019
Summer attendees at Florida Prep researched Space Science and technologies, conducted experiments
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Read the history of Florida Prep and it quickly becomes clear that NASA and the Kennedy Space Center are featured prominently. Summer attendees at Florida Prep have been researching Space Science and technologies, conducting experiments and delving into the industry itself on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. An enthusiastic group of about 40 students from Florida Prep recently toured the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Check out what Principal Lisa Gray and the children who went on the trip thought about their experience and exposure to our space legacy. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Summer attendees at Florida Prep researched Space Science and technologies, conducting experiments and delving into the industry itself.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Read the history of Florida Prep and it quickly becomes clear that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Kennedy Space Center are featured prominently.
In fact, the school was opened in 1961 to accommodate the children of the many scientists and contractors flooding into Brevard County for the lunar landing program.
In its first three years from 1961 to 1964, the program grew over 500 percent and involved some 34,000 NASA personnel and 375,000 employees of associated industrial and university contractors.
School space was limited and Florida Air Academy, as Florida Prep was known at the time, soon grew into a desirable choice for students from around the world.
Florida Prep’s location, only 30 minutes’ drive from Kennedy Space Center, has allowed us to continue this association.
“Over the years we have been privileged to view up close the progress in Space exploration, and its associated technologies,” said Florida Prep Principal Lisa Gray.
“Indeed, many of our families, both past and present, continue to be intransigently linked to the space program and space exploration.
“We were delighted to continue that exploration spirit with our Space Science Week during our Summer Program from July 22 – July 26. Space Science Week was part of the Florida Prep four-week summer program.”
The week was part of a nationwide celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, during which the iconic words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” became synonymous with astronaut Neil Armstrong as he became the first man to step onto the Moon on July 20, 1969, and the subsequent safe return to earth of the Apollo 11 crew on July 24, 1969.
Summer attendees at Florida Prep researched Space Science and technologies, conducted experiments and delved into the industry itself.
We will also be visiting the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, July 24, where we will join attendees from around the world in celebrating the safe return to earth of the Apollo 11 crew, 50 years prior.
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