Last week Gillispie’s Grade 6 students made a three-day trip to AstroCamp in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild. Memorable to our 17 campers were the facilities, including state-of-the-art labs, a dining hall (receiving excellent reviews on food quality!), and a full gymnasium.
Students applied physical science concepts learned at Gillipsie as they broke down light coming from different gasses into their spectra. Newton’s three laws of linear motion were experienced as students built and launched rockets and, in an inflatable planetarium, they saw the constellations magically outlined above them as they heard animal myths.
A ropes course and zip lining both brought the group together in meeting common goals and pushed individual students past their comfort zone. Lasting memories of friendship and fun were created for our soon-to-be graduates.
Sixth graders commented on some of the highlights:
“Sleepovers are fun, but sleeping in the dorms was like having ten sleepovers in one!”
“I was so afraid of the power pole, but it ended up being so fun. My friends cheered me on and I felt so alive.”
“The Interstellar Auction made you feel as if you owned a planet. It was really fun having a bidding war.”
“You can write on a whiteboard and say that hydrogen is flammable, but to actually experience what it feels like when it is blown up—it is a whole different thing.”
Mrs. Chaney Gr. 6 Teacher & Chaperone
Mr. Edwards Gr. 6 Science teacher & Chaperone