Ilyana Smith from Kent recently visited the US Space and Rocket Center's Elite Advanced Space Academy, home of the Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, the Aviation Challenge, and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Official Visitor Center Centers in Huntsville, Alabama.
The one-week educational program promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and trains students and hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem-solving.
This program is specifically designed for apprentices who have a particular interest in space exploration. Smith spent the week training with a team that conducted a simulated space mission to the International Space Station. On board the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-powered activity or a spacewalk. Smith and his crew returned to Earth in time to finish with honors.
Space Camp works year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, using astronaut training techniques to engage apprentices in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in ISS resident quarters and train in simulators used by NASA.
More than 750,000 trainees have completed Space Camp since their founding in 1
Those who want to train like an astronaut should visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-637-7223.