Sci­ence tour ready for take-off

North Coast Weekender - - News -

HAV­ING lunch with an astro­naut will be one of many highlights for Pren­diville Catholic Col­lege stu­dents on the school’s in­au­gu­ral sci­ence tour of the US.

Leav­ing to­mor­row, 25 stu­dents from years 10 and 11 and four staff mem­bers will em­bark on a 13-day study tour that will in­clude NASA’s Kennedy Space Cen­tre in Florida and an air­boat ride of the Ever­glades, where stu­dents will com­plete a study of wet­land ecol­ogy in the area.

They will also visit Dis­ney’s Ep­cot Theme Park, Dis­ney­world and Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios be­fore head­ing to Wash­ing­ton to see the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion, in­clud­ing the Air and Space Mu­seum and the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum. They will also visit the In­ter­na­tional Spy Mu­seum to com­plete foren­sic ac­tiv­i­ties and have a moon­light tour of the fa­mous mon­u­ments in Wash­ing­ton.

Head of sci­ence Ger­ard Gian­nasi said the motto for the tour was ‘like never be­fore’.

“We hope to in­stil in our stu­dents a sense of dis­cov­ery, ig­nit­ing a pas­sion for life-long learn­ing in a ca­reer or in­ter­est re­lated to sci­ence,” he said.

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Teach­ers Paul McAu­ley, Ger­ard Gian­nasi, Krys­tal Ske­lin and Ju­dith Ge­orgiu with stu­dents em­bark­ing on the US sci­ence tour.

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