New Virtual Camp Kennedy Space Center Program

What goes better with an after-school snack than a visit to space? Space After School, a new program from Virtual Camp Kennedy Space Center will bring all the wonder and excitement of space exploration into the comfort and safety of homes nationwide when it launches on October 19.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Virtual After-School Program October 2020

Brought to participants live from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space After School, a five-day program, will be offered three times each day. Each section will last about an hour and a half and will be offered at either 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. ET. During the program, campers will engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities, perfect for elementary school-age students.

Each of the five Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex virtual sessions will be centered on NASA-based science and engineering and themed per day as follows:

  • Monday: Rocketry – Forward to the Moon 
    Campers complete hands-on missions based on the Apollo and Artemis programs
  • Tuesday: To the Moon and Back 
    By building an interactive, campers learn more about the Apollo program
  • Wednesday: Space Shuttle Program 
    Campers learn about the Space Shuttle Program in hands-on activities
  • Thursday: International Space Station 
    Mission challenges inspired by the International Space Station 
  • Friday: Life on Mars 
    Campers travel virtually to Mars, where they practice skills needed to live on another planet

The $65 (plus tax) per session cost includes a kit containing supplies for the activities, which will be mailed approximately one week prior to the start of the program. Additional Space After School kits are available for $25 (plus tax).

For more information and to register for Space After School, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.

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Jurassic World VelociCoaster Coming to Universal

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Universal Orlando Resort Unviersal's Islands of Adventure 2021
Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Roller coaster enthusiasts will soon have new thrills to experience at the Universal Orlando Resort. 

Inside of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park work is well underway on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, which will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster when it debuts in 2021.

The Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment has created a new species of roller coaster that will be highly themed and will take guests through a series of intense maneuvers that will send them catapulting at high speeds while they are suspended high above the ground with the swiftest of prehistoric predators.

Also when the Jurassic World VelociCoaster opens, it will be the world’s first coaster based on the blockbuster franchise and will feature an original story that expands upon the thrills, dinosaurs, and environments fans have seen on the big screen. 

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Universal Orlando Resort Unviersal's Islands of Adventure 2021
Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Before the thrills begin, riders will find themselves alongside the original cast of the films, Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, and BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu.

The story takes place inside of Jurassic World as they are unveiling the next evolution of their “carnivore expansion” called the VelociCoaster where guests will embark on a high-speed chase and feel the rush of the hunt while racing alongside a nimble Velociraptor pack.

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will raise the bar in extreme roller coaster design as it will span more than 4,700 feet of track and reach heights of up to 155 feet that will include signature maneuvers that will have guests twisting and soaring above land, barrel rolling just inches above the water, speeding through near-misses, launches within the paddock, and more…with just a lap restraint holding them in place.

Here are the Jurassic World VelociCoaster thrills by the numbers:

  • Accelerate through two pulse-pounding launches, the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds
  • Encounter a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon
  • Experience a zero-gravity inverted stall that will send riders upside down across 100 feet of track in a jaw-dropping maneuver that is the first of its kind
  • Go airborne during the towering “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80 degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet
  • Brace for a total of 12 heart-pounding seconds of airtime – the thrilling sensation of weightlessness riders feel when they’re lifted from their seats – throughout the entire adventure

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be the next addition of thrills inside the Jurassic Park land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Inside of this immersive land, visitors can already come face-to-face with life-size dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, test their bravery as they get up-close to Velociraptor Blue during the Raptor Encounter, find out more about the newest additions to the paddock – baby raptors, and satisfy their cravings with all-new delectable food items inspired by Isla Nublar.

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