Aussie students return from US Space Camp

Stephen Kuper

A fortunate group of high school students and their teachers have returned from the US after attending Space Camp.

Aussie students return from US Space Camp
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That’s held at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and is perhaps the ultimate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experience, offering a range of space related educational courses for American and international students and adults. It was established in 1982.

Eight students and five teachers from Aviation High School, Brisbane; Palmerston College, Darwin; and Seven Hills High School and Elizabeth Macarthur High School in western Sydney attended.

In all, Northrop Grumman sponsored a total of 60 teachers and 107 students from around the world to attend this year’s camp. It’s been doing that for 11 years and this is the fifth for Australian participants, with the company meeting all travel and attendance costs.

“Inspiring and supporting the next generation of STEM leaders is a priority for Northrop Grumman and Australia,” said Northrop Grumman Australia chief executive Chris Deeble.

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“We are proud to continue to support this life-changing opportunity to send Australians to Space Camp for the fifth consecutive year.”

Space Camp attendees stay onsite in the facility’s various habitats and undertake a variety of space related courses and training.

This is highly regarded and past attendees have included astronauts and celebrities and their children. Chelsea Clinton and Amy Carter, daughters of US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, both attended.

Some students have gone on to become astronauts.

Northrop Grumman said Space Camp was a unique, week-long event where students experience the future of space exploration and train to solve technically challenging problems in order to save their space mission.

“The goal of Space Camp is to inspire and motivate the next generation of explorers, scientists, teachers and engineers. The Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsorship provides this once-in-a-lifetime experience to participants and aims at inspiring them to dream big,” the company said.

Teachers at Space Camp participate in Space Academy for Educators, a program that creates an immersive learning environment where they learn new ways to present concepts in their classrooms.

The objective is to enhance quality of classroom instruction by improving presentation of STEM concepts.

Northrop Grumman said they wanted to expand and enhance sustainable STEM education opportunities for students around the world.

“With an emphasis on middle school and university level students, our engineering and technology-based partnerships are designed to excite, engage and educate students as they defend cyber networks, engineer autonomous vehicles, explore space and more,” it said.

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