Mikayla Duck of Marietta recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., home of Space Camp and NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center.
Duck attends Marietta Sixth Grade Academy and is in the Magnet and advanced education programs there.
The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with handson activities and missions based on team work, leadership and decision-making.
Mikayla Duck was part of the Space Camp Program which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in science and aerospace. She spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Mikayla showed the skills and leadership to be assigned to pilot her team’s mission to the moon. Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity, or space walk. Mikayla and the crew returned to earth in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Col. Bob Springer speak at their graduation.
Space Camp crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least a year of college, and the majority of staff are college graduates. Space Camp operates year-round and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA. More than 600,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its opening in Huntsville in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.
Last year, children and teacher from all 50 states and 58 international locations attended Space Camp.
For more information, visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-63 SPACE.