Suit up for the ASG Space Camp Sponsorship

Travelling around the world is great. But, if you want an unparalleled experience, few compare to a simulated moon walk that lets you experience the gravity felt on the moon!

Interested? Then, don’t miss this opportunity to have a space adventure at the US Space & Rocket Centre in Alabama from 15-22 July 2020.

Every year the International Space Camp holds a special week-long camp to encourage international cooperation. For the last 10 years, ASG has been sending two Australian secondary school students to the Space Camp, in keeping with our broader mission to support the education aspirations of our Member parents and their children.

At this special invite-only camp, students from across the world, including two lucky space aficionados from Australia will have the opportunity to experience:

  • a spaceflight mission
  • what it’s like to live onboard the International Space Station
  • technology used to design and construct a futuristic Martian colony, and more.

Complete your Space Camp application for a chance of a lifetime.

The sponsorship is open only to ASG Members’ nominated beneficiaries. The student will have to be enrolled in an Australian secondary school and aged between 16 and 18 by the start of July 2020.

The two winners—one girl and one boy—will be accompanied by a teacher from Australia or New Zealand, selected from the recipients of the 2019 National Excellence in Teaching Awards.       

 

The Space Camp sponsorship is sourced from our Founders’ Fund, established in honour of ASG’s founders—Harry Tyler and Gary Bickerton. Earnings from the Fund also support our other corporate social responsibilities such as our sponsorship of The Smith Family.

Applications close at 5pm on 11 February 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

Get more details about the Space Camp at https://www.spacecamp.com/space/camp.

Selection process

The two student ambassadors are selected based on their application to ASG. Shortlisted candidates are assessed on their suitability as ASG and Australian student ambassadors by a selection panel.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 11 February 2020.

School contact information

Parent / guardian contact information

Parent permission


Space Camp 2020 Challenge

Respond to all the three questions below. There are no right or wrong answers.

The final frontier…

You are nearly there… you and your team have travelled for many hours to get to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. You haven’t slept for days dreaming of the moment when you have the chance to participate in the opening ceremony. There are representatives from 35 countries in their national costumes, plus a teacher from every U.S. state, waiting for the music to begin.

The U.S. team are on the stage first; next is Argentina, and then Australia… the other countries follow after.

The U.S. kids welcome the visitors. The Argentinians are up next to do their presentation. And, then it’s your turn. You and your team move forward to share an opening address.

Some participants may not have heard an Aussie talk but they know our reputation for fun and being laidback. They expect to laugh and be surprised by our accent. They want to hear what you have to say…

Here are your challenges

Challenge 1

What will your opening address be?

Provide the draft of a short speech or presentation (which you could deliver in five minutes) expressing your excitement at being selected as one of two 2020 ASG Space Camp Student Ambassadors to represent the country at the International Space Camp. This is your only opportunity to represent Australia formally, so it’s important that you make a good impression.

Your speech/presentation should also address the following key selection criteria:

  • Why do you think we should explore space? What attributes do you think are essential for space travel and how you have them?
  • How would you introduce yourself to fellow Space Campers?
  • Include a message to your connections at home about why you would be pumped to win the ASG sponsorship to Space Camp.
  • Acknowledge your parent/grandparent/caregiver or anybody else who has invested in your education.

Here’s an example of the Opening Ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqRv8EexgvA

Challenge 2

What do you suggest the Australian delegation wear as their national costume and what souvenirs will you give at the closing ceremony?

What do you see yourself wearing at the closing ceremony? Something convenient and casual? Something cool or formal? Something conservative or humorous? Will everyone in the team wear the same? Who organises it? Remember, clothes take up valuable luggage space.

The closing ceremony involves the formal, serious, and possibly tearful presentation of awards (there are no speeches at this point). The custom is to give small gifts or souvenirs from your home to everyone in your group including your trainers (about 15 people). What items from Australia will you carry all that way? How much will it cost? Where do you think you can get the items?

Challenge 3

What do you expect to learn from this trip, and how would you reflect that learning in your school and community (among peers and/or others)?

Hint: It’s not just what you will learn about space.

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