Both the Farpoint Cadet program and Project Voyager provide students with the opportunity to creatively apply what they learn in the classroom. Through game-like simulation modules, engaging team missions, and immersive environments; each students’ mastery of classroom instruction is put to the test in a variety of subject areas with innovative technical and social skill training.
BUCKLE UP, IT’S STORY TIME!
The year was 1983. In a suburb far far away, a sixth grade teacher named Victor Williamson unknowingly decided to change the world. At the time, his goal was to impress his university professor with a new way to engage students in science. Armed with a boom box, overhead projector, and poster board controls, Mr. Williamson took his 6th grade students on several intergalactic voyages they would never forget. He had no idea what it would eventually grow into.
As the years went by Mr. Williamson continued to take his students, as well as tens of thousands of others from around Utah and the world, on amazing scientific adventures. As technology improved, so did his ability to reach more students with his immersive simulations. His years of work eventually led to the development of the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center (CMSEC) as well as the Discovery Space Center. These award-winning centers have provided field trips and camps to the surrounding schools and community at large and have reached nearly 500,000 students.
Mr. Williamson retired from the Alpine School District in 2013, wanting to spend his last professional years in the classroom while still continuing his pioneering work in the world of experiential simulator based education. Today, you'll find Mr. Williamson teaching sixth grade at Renaissance Academy in Lehi, Utah and directing the Farpoint Voyager program.
Mr. Williamson often quotes the late Carl Sagan when he speaks of his vision; “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”. Farpoint Voyager, CMSEC, and INFINI D, a company bringing simulator based experiential learning to schools throughout the country founded by long time associates of Mr. Williamson, will encourage and motivate today’s students to search out that something in their own field of interest.
We live in the greatest age of discovery. It is time to imagine, believe, learn, and DO.