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Defence industry partnership offers Space Camp scholarship

High school students are being offered the opportunity to attend Space Camp USA under a partial scholarship between Australian defence company Electro Optic Systems and One Giant Leap Australia Foundation.

One Giant Leap Australia Foundation and Electro Optic Systems are offering three high school students the opportunity to receive a partial scholarship, valued at $5,000, to attend Space Tour USA 2024.

The tour will see the young space explorers travelling to the renowned Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, from 29 October to 10 November this year. Space Camp, operational for over 42 years, is an internationally known program with more than 1 million alumni, is based on NASA astronaut training and focuses on teamwork and leadership skills.

One Giant Leap Australia Foundation has provided tours to Space Camp since 2015 and the space education organisation is excited to return.


“Successful students will have the cost of their trip substantially reduced thanks to Electro Optic Systems,” One Giant Leap Australia Foundation director Jackie Carpenter said.

“The experience is truly life changing. Students who have attended in the past, who are now adults, still talk about the impact their adventure to Space Camp USA was for them.

“Now, thanks to EOS, we can offer the opportunity to student who might not normally have access to this rare experience.”

The tour’s itinerary includes visits to Disneyland, California Science Centre, Northrop Grumman, and the Griffith Observatory.


The schedule also features a day of STEM activities with One Giant Leap’s USA STEM expert, dinner with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists and engineers, and a visit to Space Camp USA.

“EOS is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of Australian space engineers and scientists,” EOS Space Systems executive vice-president James Bennett said.

“We actively support STEM education through various initiatives including internships, scholarships, and contributions to scholarship programs.

“We are excited to be supporting Space Tour 2024, which we believe will ignite the students’ imaginations and inspire them to one day embark on careers in the space industry, helping to shape the future of technology and exploration.”

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