HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Ricky Parmer III, from Metropolis, recently attended the Space Academy at US Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge, and US Cyber ââCamp.
The week-long educational program promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), while training students and with practical activities and assignments based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
The program is specially designed for trainees passionate about space exploration. Parmer spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully performed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Parmer and his team returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.
Space Camp uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real life applications of STEM topics. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.
Located in Huntsville, Alabama, US Space & Rocket Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and is home to the Space Camp family of programs. It features the Apollo 16 capsule, the Saturn V rocket, a National Historic Landmark, and world-class traveling exhibits. The USSRC is the official welcome center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal.
Nearly one million trainees have graduated from a space camp program since its inception in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr Kate Rubins, Dr Serena AuÃ±Ã³n-Chancellor and Christina Koch, who set the record for a woman’s longest space flight. Children and teachers from 50 states and nearly 150 international sites participated in a space camp program.