The Starfleet Academy Experience is an immersive traveling exhibit that has just beamed in to Jersey City, NJ. The exhibit will be available to Trekkies through May 28, 2018 at the Liberty Science Center (LSC). TrekMovie was at the opening event in Jersey City, along with Trekkies of all ages. Watch our video below for a look at the exhibit and reactions from fans.
Enlist in Starfleet Academy
The Experience gives you the chance to “enter” Starfleet Academy as a “Cadet” to test your skills through several interactive games and quizzes to determine your best potential career field in Starfleet. You can try your hand at scanning an injured Klingon where you’ll use a biobed and tricorder in an attempt to diagnose the injury. As you scan the Klingon you’re presented with a description of symptoms on the biobed screen to help you make an assessment.
Another interactive game tests your ability to safely plot a course to a star base on a touch screen while avoiding dangerous spacial anomalies, asteroid belts, and patrolling birds of prey. Other activities include identifying a safe planet for an Away Team, testing your phaser skills in an interactive video game, and practicing your Klingon language skills.
The final test is none than the Kobayashi Maru which you get to take “on the bridge” of the Enterprise-D at one of several computer terminals. Cadets have to decide to evade or attack Klingons while transporting Kobayashi Maru crew members to safety. At the end of the exhibit you can see a summary of your activities on a terminal, revealing your potential future career in Starfleet. Results and your certificate can be emailed to you.
Take a walk through Star Trek history
You also get a to see a variety of Trek props on display including phasers, medical props, and PADDs. You can also see several full costumes on display ranging from Starfleet uniforms to Klingon and Ferengi garb. Costumers in particular may enjoy the opportunity to see the intricate details in every garment up close.
Kicking it off in style: The Enterprise arrives in New Jersey
Last Friday, LSC kicked off the “arrival” of the USS Enterprise with a special fun-filled celebration. Jordan Hoffman, the host of The CBS official Trek podcast, “Engage,” hosted several of the evening events including a trivia contest and a costume contest. One of the most enjoyable events was the “Khan-test,” where fans performed their best James T. Kirk impersonation of his infamous exclamation, “Khannn!”
A few celebrity guests were also on-hand to help commemorate the festivities. Jill Pantozzi, pop culture journalist spoke about her experiences with Trek and science fiction. Robb Pearlman, Trek author, performed a reading of some of his work. Jill and Robb also served as judges for the costume contest.
Fans also got to enjoy Trek-themed cocktails, “phaser tag,” and alien makeovers provided by The School of Makeup Effects. Attendees could also enjoy watching a great line-up of TOS episodes in the museum’s theater.
Visit the Experience
A Star Trek Combination Pass gets you into the Science Center and includes admission to the Starfleet Academy Experience. It will run you $32.75 for an adult or $27.75 for a child age 2-12. Get more information about tickets and visiting the Science Center at their website.