A BUNCH of local students are preparing for the ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama - the ultimate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) excursion. But, they need your help.
Space Camp costs around $7000 per student, and the Stage 4 quotient from Hawkesbury and Windsor High Schools are holding a fundraising night to collect money to put towards the cost.
The community is invited to attend a trivia night at Windsor Bowling and Sports Club on Saturday, August 18.
Money raised will also go towards a teacher from each of the schools to chaperone and help form what the students learn on the camp into further learning back in the classroom.
The Space Camp excursion is led by Hawkesbury-based One Giant Leap Australia, which has taken students from all over Australia to the camp for over ten years. The excursion aims to prepare students for the challenges and careers of the future by inspiring leadership and developing skills to achieve the seemingly impossible through collaboration and teamwork.
Space Camp was the brainchild of Dr Wernher van Braun, a rocket scientist involved in development of the Apollo rockets, and Edward O. Buckbee, who was the first director of the US Space and Rocket Centre.
Space Camp is an immersive six-day program, during which the Space Campers will discover and experience astronaut training techniques, build working rockets, confront mission scenarios and learn about careers in the aerospace industry.
In addition to Space Camp, the students will visit the Californian Science Centre, Northrop Grumman, Elon Musk’s Space X, Universal Studios and Disneyland. The $7000-per-student fare covers all entry fees, flights, meals, accommodation and transfers.
Other Hawkesbury schools attending are North Richmond Public and Bede Polding Catholic College. Federal funding worth $80,000 – $20,000 per school – has been provided, to partially-fund six students from each school (teachers not included).
Hawkesbury and Windsor High are hosting the trivia night to offset the shortfall that this funding does not cover. Tickets are $15 per person for adults and high school students for tables of eight (primary school and younger children are free).
Doors open at 5pm, and trivia begins at 6pm. There will be plenty of games throughout the night. Book online at www.trybooking.com/WYYD.
Do you work for an organisation that can donate a trivia prize? Call David Flaxman on 0418 758 937.
Windsor Bowling Club is on the corner of George and Tebbut Streets, opposite Hawkesbury City Council.