Everyone better show up or its ten demerits!Content:
The kids are introduced to their first major assignment of the new semester. An adventure. Of the fake variety.Setting:
Starcademy's amazing simulated shuttle. Time:
Mid-afternoon, 'cause that's when it all hurts the most.Warning:
Mr. Hoodly-who was a tall and mildly imposing-looking Mercurian. Until, that is, you look at his face, which like most of his people's, was usually set in a broad and friendly grin. He wore a hood, notable only because most adult Mercurians didn't bother with heat-conserving attire, like helmets or sweatbands. Mr. Hoodly-who wore one mostly as a joke on his own name. Which was sort of lame, but most people could forgive Mr. Hoodly-who for being lame because he was so nice and it was easy to walk all over him.
The class he brought out to the Shuttle Simulation exercise consisted of 36 kids, divided into 9 groups of 4. For the most part, the kids had been allowed to choose their own groups, but there was one set of problem students who had been assigned together for this little excerise.
"Each simulator," he explained to the kids, "recreates the condition of a standard S.T.A.R.D.O.G 4-man shuttle craft. A real shuttle is dependant on a parent space-craft where they dock and are only sent out into open space for smaller and more delicate operations. Today, your simulations will mimic any one of 12 common problems found in shuttle missions. Your task will be to indentify and correct these issues within a set time limit. Now, to your shuttles!" He walked through the crowd, directing groups to shuttles.
"Mr. Band, Mr. Gansley, Miss Misa and Miss Selyna..Shuttle 5, if you would be so kind..?"