SHERIDAN — Briannon Marcus of Sheridan recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center.
The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.
Marcus was part of the Space Academy Program, which is designed for middle school students who have a particular interest in science and aerospace. Trainees spent the week with a Girl Scout team that flew a simulated Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity, or space walk.
Marcus and crew returned to Earth in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger speak at their graduation.
Space Camp and Aviation Challenge crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least a year of college and 67 percent of the 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.
Nearly 700,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its opening in Huntsville in 1982, including Metcalf-Lindenburger and European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 64 international locations attended Space Camp.
Interested in training like an astronaut? See www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-63 SPACE for more information.