Ephrata High School GEAR UP Students from the OVP II grant cohort group visited the Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center. This trip was a group of National Honor Society kids that got to visit one of the Northwest’s most interactive museums. The bus weathered the storm on Snoqualmie Pass in a blizzard to make the trek over to Seattle. Kathleen Allstott, the NHS Advisor at EHS, and a couple of parents gave the kids the ground rules and they were off and running in the EMP museum. The museum has interactive displays which allow the visitors to learn to play guitar, record vocals, or try their hand at playing a drum kit. There was amazing art and rock music history including listening to different genres and learning about the beginnings of many iconic bands of our time. There was an entire section chronicling the rise and fall of the band Nirvana including band members photos, instruments, and famous clothing that they wore during performances. There was also a science fiction area of the museum that contained famous artifacts from television and movies. There were green screen stages which allowed the students to put themselves into a movie and see how many scenes are made in modern film. The students were able to eat lunch at the Center House food court and have some free time. A small group was also able to attend a professional guitar lesson to learn some electric guitar techniques which was a favorite activity for those who attended. The return trip was again through driving snow but all returned safely home. The NHS trip to the EMP was a great cultural experience for Ephrata students that they don’t normally get.