SMS Goes to Space

SMS is a place where girls are empowered to find their passions, explore opportunities, take risks and shape their dreams. For Paige Hudak-Kesteven, her dream was to go to space camp, an opportunity she will not soon forget. 

Paige recently attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. The same mission we have for students at SMS, which is why this opportunity was the perfect fit for a student with a passion to explore STEM beyond the classroom. 

This program, which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in space exploration. Paige spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Hudak-Kesteven and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.

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 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins and Dr. Serena Auñón, who recently launched to the International Space Station. Children and teachers from all 50 states and 69 international locations have attended a Space Camp® program.

Interested in training like an astronaut? Visit
www.spacecamp.com 

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