Week 9: The End...But Not Really

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Friday, August 2, 2013


Jamie Garrett

This past weekend I went to the Air and Space Museum Extension in Chantilly, VA. The extensive hanger holds hundreds of planes of all shapes and sizes; they even host the Space Shuttle Discovery! The museum has five flight simulators, and of course I had to ride in it. The extension is about an hour bus ride from L’Enfant Plaza and then another 15 minute shuttle; it is well worth the trip.  This was by far the best and most exciting museum I’ve been to, and I’m glad I took the journey out there.

I also did a morning monument walk. The weather has been so hot during the day it is hard to want to walk outside, but first thing in the morning isn’t so bad. I made sure to take a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to all of them before it started getting hot outside and I headed back to the dorm.

Monday at work I found my last demonstration for my Absorption Spectra topic. I began writing up all activities in the student and teacher worksheets. Wednesday Daniel Golombek gave an interesting talk on the Hubble Space Telescope downstairs. By Thursday I was able to turn in all my activities along with key term worksheets and suggested sources for teachers to read more about each topic. It was time to finish up my final presentation. I’ve been working on it since about week two, but I had a lot of updating to do because a lot of time has passed since then. If I say so myself I am very proud. I am proud of everything I’ve done this summer, and I’m proud of what I have to show for it.

This summer has flown by; I’m sad to say that its almost over. Monday we are doing a practice run of our presentation with all the interns. Tuesday, we have our final presentations in the morning and a tour of the State Department in the afternoon. Wednesday, we come back for breakfast and a tour of ACP (American Center for Physics). I remember at the beginning of the internship they told us we would understand all of the acronyms they use here, and they were right!