University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer Beverly Lowe is offering students and teachers the chance to go the NASA Space Camp.
University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer Beverly Lowe is offering students and teachers the chance to go the NASA Space Camp. Warren Lynam

Space trip prize out of this world

TWO people are set to get the opportunity of a lifetime – NASA style.

The University of the Sunshine Coast is offering a primary school teacher and a student from its primary education program the chance to travel to the famed NASA space camp in the US for 12 days in July.

The aim of the first-time initiative is to boost science education on the Coast, with the teacher to be selected from USC's pool of student mentors.

Applications are now being accepted, and the two successful applicants will get to do activities that NASA astronauts and support crew experience during training.

USC primary education lecturer Beverly Lowe said the initiative was a response to a focus on science education under the new national curriculum.

Ms Lowe, who is on the selection panel, said the teacher and student would engage in physical science activities at the space camp that they could use in the classroom.

Activities are likely to include building and launching rockets, taking part in anti-gravity and G-force simulations, and viewing real and replica space shuttle equipment.

It is also possible they will take part in lectures at which astronauts will speak.

“They will get to experience it first-hand through activities rather than from books, papers and forms,” Ms Lowe, who visited the Huntsville, Alabama, space camp last year, said.

“We want applicants to have an interest in science and a willingness to come back here and relate the activities that they have experienced.

“They will be required to present here at the university about what they have been through and to speak to their peer groups.”

Ms Lowe said the USC representatives would take part in the camp from July 5-16 with teachers from across the US.

Applications will remain open until Wednesday.

Those interested in applying can contact Ms Lowe at blowe@usc.edu.au or phone 54594766.



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