This camp provides youth, 12 – 18 years of age, opportunities to explore careers as astronauts. Youth have the opportunity to select from five different Academies; see below for descriptions. Space Camp is held at the US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL. Two sessions are offered: 21-26 Jul 19 and 28 Jul-2 Aug 19. Application deadline: 10 June 19
Eligible Applicants must meet all the following requirements:
- A dependent of an AF Active Duty or Active Duty Military assigned to/living on/working on an AF led installation, AF Retired, APF and NAF Civilian Employees assigned to/working on an AF led installation, ANG, and AFR
- 12 – 18 years of age – Note: High School Graduates are not eligible
- Have a valid picture ID (ex. military ID, driver’s license, school ID, or passport)
- Have not previously attended an Academy in their same age group
Session 1 participants (21-26 Jul 19) should plan on arriving in Huntsville, AL no later than 1330 hours on Sunday, 21 Jul 19 and must depart no earlier than 1500 hours on Friday, 26 Jul 19. The only exception is for OCONUS participants traveling from Asia or Europe; these participants may arrive in Huntsville, AL on Saturday, 20 Jul 19.
Session 2 participants (28 Jul-2 Aug 19) should plan on arriving in Huntsville, AL no later than 1330 hours on Sunday, 28 Jul 19 and must depart no earlier than 1500 hours on Friday, 2 Aug 19. The only exception is for OCONUS participants traveling from Asia or Europe; these participants may arrive in Huntsville, AL on Saturday, 27 Jul 19.
Transportation costs to/from Huntsville, AL and spending money are the responsibility of the participants. Lodging, meals, and activity fees are centrally funded and begin upon arrival.
Space Academy (12 – 14 years of age)
Session 1: 20 participants and Session 2: 20 participants
Launch on missions to the International Space Station, the moon or Mars! Train like an astronaut on the 1/6th Gravity Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer. Design, build and launch a team rocket. Learn team building skills on the low elements at our Area 51 Challenge Course and in one of our water facilities! Put your creative thinking skills to work in our engineering design challenges! Hear the inspiring stories about commercial pioneers like Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX!
Advanced Space Academy (15-18 years of age)
Session 1: 16 participants and Session 2: 16 participants
Train like an astronaut on the 1/6th Gravity Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer. Design, build and launch a team rocket, and safely recover its payload. Learn team building skills on the high elements at our Area 51 Challenge Course. Experience neutral buoyancy while SCUBA diving in the Underwater Astronaut Trainer! (Pending physician approval). Test your skills in our Engineering Challenges by constructing a heat shield and building a Rover. Fly jet aircraft simulators! Discover the role the International Space Station plays in our global community. Prepare for every contingency as you go to Mars on an extended-duration mission simulation! Earn one credit hour of freshman-level general science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in this college-accredited program!
Robotics Academy (12 – 14 years of age)
Session 1: 20 participants and Session 2: 20 participants
Program robots to interact with the world using a variety of sensors and motors. Choose from various advanced lessons in building robotic attachments, programming with sensors and data functions, or using both tactile and hands-free human interface devices. Create your own customized LED cannon using series or parallel circuits that you can take home! Use the binary number system and logic functions to understand how machines “think.” Design, build and pilot underwater robots using the SeaPerch ROV system! Train in cutting edge, custom designed Unmanned Aerial Systems simulations!
Mach II (12-14 years of age)
Session 1: 15 participants and Session 2: 15 participants
Experience the unique sensation of feeling three times your normal weight in our one-of-a-kind centrifuge! Practice water-survival skills using our helicopter simulators for a water crash and rescue by a survival lifter. Learn about aeronautics, propulsion and aviation history. Fly in a UAV drone simulator to reinforce lessons learned at our static displays and artifacts. Master aerial combat and compete to be the best of the best in Top Gun! Embark on a search and rescue mission to bring a downed pilot back from behind enemy lines while communicating as a team and evading hostile forces! Culminate your week with the Thursday night campfire ceremony with skits and awards.
Mach III (15 – 18 years of age)
Session 1: 4 participants and Session 2: 4 participants
Unite as a team at the Area 51 Challenge Course with high- and low ropes elements. Brave the centrifuge, the 150-ft. zip line, and all of our training simulators! Reinforce leadership, teamwork and decision-making skills in our immersive F-18 cockpit simulators. Use a UAS simulator to plan for missions and provide real-time data to a command center during mission execution. Learn wilderness survival skills and orienteering. Plan and carry out three missions, each with their own challenges! Compete to be the best in a bracket-style head to head competition where only the best can claim the title of Top Gun. Culminate your week with the Thursday night campfire ceremony with skits and awards.
Applications will be evaluated by the following criteria:
1. Deployment: Teens indicating they are experiencing deployment of a parent(s) will be given priority over teens not experiencing a deployment. Deployment will be verified with the Unit.
2. Previous Attendance at an AF Residential Camp: Teens, who have not previously attended the AF Residential Camp they are applying for will be given priority over teens who have.
The PDF application for all Air Force Youth Programs Residential Camps must be completed and emailed no later than 10 June 2019 to the POCs listed below. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm receipt of complete application package. Click here for PDF application
The POCs for all Residential Camps:
Ms. Teresa Witschen – firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-395-7514
Mr. James Yracheta, email@example.com or 210-395-7252
Mr. Kevin Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-3957248
Ms. Mona Hamilton, email@example.com or 210-395-7725
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