Matthew Pohar, of Ottawa, attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center, in Huntsville, Ala.
The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math while training students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in space exploration. Pohar spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station. Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity, or spacewalk. Pohar and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.
Space Camp operates year-round 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.
For more information, visit spacecamp.com or call 800-637-7223.