Remember back when you were a kid and how jealous you were when one of your friends got to spend their summer at Space Camp? Now you've got a way to one-up them by going to a space training experience that will make NASA's summer camp experience look like Camp Anawanna from "Salute Your Shorts."
A new interactive "Star Trek" experience called The Starfleet Academy Experience will kick off on May 20, 2016, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, according to a statement released by EMS Entertainment.
This 15,000-square-foot interactive experience aims to weave real world subjects and concepts in science, technology and mathematics around "Star Trek's" iconic technology and lore. Visitors will go through a complete Starfleet training course (if Starfleet had to rush through some cadets to meet an insane graduation quota that only took around an hour to complete). They'll undergo a student orientation and take core courses that cadets will need in the field such as engineering, medicine and flirting with attractive beings from undiscovered alien races.
Aspiring cadets will also be able to visit the bridge of a starship where they'll put their skills to the test in a simulated mission including the famed no-win Kobayashi Maru scenario, presumably so they'll be able to learn an important lesson about failure and facing certain death. That is, of course, unless they are really good at cheating or working around the rules.
If you can't wait until 2016 to become a pseudo-Starfleet cadet, there are other ways to immerse yourself in a simulated "Star Trek" universe. The Paramount Park Murcia theme park that is currently under construction in Spain has plans in the works to open a complete with rides, a themed hotel, restaurants and a casino. The park is slated to open sometime later this year.
If you can't wait that long, you could also just hire a bunch of hardcore Trekkies to set up a fake Starfleet experience in your house. Then you might realize that your inability to wait is a cry for help and you can dedicate the money you would have spent on building a faux-Starfleet Academy to something more fulfilling like therapy.