Saturday, April 18, 2015

A school trip to Astrocamp

Hiking through the forests
A few weeks ago, I went to Astrocamp located in Idyllwild. We drove for three and a half hours to get to camp, but luckily we were on a comfortable bus meant for driving to faraway places.  We stayed at Astrocamp for three amazing days and experimented with gases, launched rockets, rock climbed, swam, and dropped water balloons from the balcony. Some of my teachers were our counselors, such as Ms. Dickinson, Mrs. Duncan, and Mrs. Bostrom, and they spent a lot of time making sure everyone had an incredible camp experience.

My cabin group
On the afternoon of the first day, we had two evening classes learning about gases and  gravity. During our gasses lab, someone was holding a fire stick and another person was holding two balloons. They lit the fire stick, and touched it to the balloon, and suddenly a loud boom filled the room. Everyone jumped out of there seat, after the explosion. Our gravity lab was done in the pool, where we had to try to build a cube without touching our feet to the ground. This was how astronauts trained before going into space. It was difficult to communicate with students within our group because of a  no talking rule, and therefore we used hand signals and signs to communicate.

Chemistry lab
The next morning, we went rock climbing. We learned about mars, and then had to tell one of the counselors what we learned. After, we were attached to a safety rope, we were allowed to climb. The counselors let us choose a climbing path of easy, medium, or hard. I climbed the hard path three times and made it to the top every time. This was my favorite activity.  After climbing, we went to a room to make our rockets. We brought a two liter empty bottle with us on our trip, and designed the bottles how we wanted our rocket to appear. Then we went to the launch site and launched our rockets. When it was my turn, I filled my bottle with air and water, and then pressed a button to launch it. It soared through the air before it hit the roof and fell. This was my favorite school trip, and I look forward to going to Catalina next year. 

My friend and I taking a selfie

My rocket is the second one on the left.

Getting ready to go swimming

What interesting school trips have you been to?


  1. Dear Sarah,

    Wow! That was a fantastic school trip!

    One activity that interested me was the gravity lesson. I always wondered what it would be like to work in space, and having to build something while swimming would be a good representation. How successful were you? How deep was the pool?

    You sound like quite a climber! Do you think that the balance and strength you have from gymnastics really helped you?

    Your proud former teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

    1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you so much for spending time to read and respond to my blog post! I love getting comments from you.

      The pool was not very deep, just 3 feet. However, we had to wear wetsuits and snorkels which helped us float, but also made it difficult to maneuver in the water.

      I love rock climbing and the skills and flexibility I learn in gymnastics really helps with climbing. I just posted another blog about my last gymnastics meet.

      Take care and I hope to see you soon,


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