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FMS Firebirds Go for Launch on Space Camp Adventure

Two Falcon Middle School Firebirds will take the field trip of a lifetime later this summer. Alease Church and Gavin Adams have confirmed spots at Space Camp where they will train like astronauts. Located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., Space Camp boasts a unique, hands-on, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) experience for students of all ages. Northrop Grummon rep. Christina Thomas (left) with Alease, Gavin and Peggy Browne who are bound for Space Camp in July.


The all-expense paid trip is sponsored by Northrop Grumman, which provided scholarships for two students and a teacher to share this adventure. FMS opened up the opportunity for all students to earn a scholarship, encouraging them to submit a video explaining why they’d like to be Space Campers.


Alease and Gavin, both FMS seventh-graders, emerged as the two nominated students. At an all-school assembly April 5, the soon-to-be traveling STEM learners were announced as the recipients by Christina Thomas, a representative from Northrop Grumman.


The goal is to send them to Space Camp to spark and ignite a love and understanding of science,” Thomas said. “They’ll get to do the anti-gravity machine, all kinds of different simulations, problem-solving, working as a team, learning about logistics and some of the things astronauts do in space,” she added.


Alease has some big-picture plans for her week in Alabama. “I’m excited to be able to try out everything and see if I would want to pursue it as a career,” she said. Gavin wants to get his hands on the NASA technology. “I’m just excited. It looks pretty cool,” he said. “There’s a gyrosphere-- you’re trying to park it and get it stabilized.”


FMS science teacher Peggy Browne will accompany Gavin and Alease on the trip, which is scheduled for July 2019.

Northrop Grummon rep. Christina Thomas (right) congratulates Peggy Browne who will attend Space Camp in July.  FMS Principal Brian Smith and Northrop Grummon rep. Christina Thomas announce winners of the Space Camp scholarship, April 5.  FMS seventh-grader Gavin Adams (right) gets a high-five for winning a Space Camp scholarship, April 5.

David Nancarrow