No journey is long, when dreams are big and sky is the limit.
This activity aimed at giving the students a first taste of space and space exploration.
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida hosted the students for Camp KSC. During
the camp the students were engaged in hands-on activities to get a feel of the excitement
of NASA's missions and programs. By identifying challenges and proposing solutions
to actual space-related situations, the students gained experience in science, technology
and engineering. They also learnt how using those skills could be rewarding and
A major component of the camp was letting students use simulators to further understand
One simulation allowed the students to pretend they were participating in a spacewalk
using a Micro-G wall. For the Micro-G simulator, they slipped into a harness system
that counterbalanced their own body weight and allowed them to effortlessly move
up and down the wall (simulating the freedom of movement experienced during a spacewalk).
Getting to ride on the multi-axis trainer, MAT, allowed the students to experience
the feeling of a tumbling space capsule.
To add to their knowledge of spaceflight, the students learnt about astronauts and
space missions and met with astronaut Mike Mullane who answered their queries about
living in space and space missions.
Once back in school, the students :