By Press Reports
Kade and Holt Barlow, both of French Camp, recently attended AVIATION CHALLENGE at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of SPACE CAMP and NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.
Kade and Holt were both part of the AVIATION CHALLENGE MACH I Program, a program specifically designed for trainees who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. They spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet. The crew learned critical land and water survival skills and mastered Top Gun flying maneuvers. Kade, Holt and crew returned to land in time to graduate with honors.
Aviation Challenge crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least two years of college and the majority of staff are college graduates. SPACE CAMP operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, 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 it’s opening in Huntsville in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf Lindenburger.
Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 58 international locations attended SPACE CAMP.
Interested in training like an astronaut? Visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-63 SPACE.