Local Birmingham Airport Authority student winners walk on the moon at U.S. Space Camp

Birmingham, AL – The winners of the Birmingham Airport Authority Aviation Challenge poster and essay contest attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama this week.  Sixteen Space Camp trainees were launched in to the adventure of a lifetime and exploring their interest and love for math, science, and space exploration.  During the camp, trainees experience walking on the moon in the 1/6th gravity chair to feel what it’s like to work in frictionless environment and navigate a tumble-spin on the Multi-Axis Trainer, just like Mercury-era astronauts.  The rising 6th graders learned team building and problem solving skills that can be used throughout their lives and future careers.

Aviation Challenge is an annual poster and essay contest hosted by the Birmingham Airport Authority. Each year, a different contest theme is selected, which focuses on space and aviation as well as math and science. Students are encouraged to research the topic and express the theme in a short essay and visual poster. The contest winners receive a 1-week overnight summer camp scholarship to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.

Trainees graduated today at 9:00 in the morning in the Davidson Center under the Saturn V.

“We believe in investing in the future of our city.  These students are our future scientists, technologist, engineers, leaders, teachers, and our city’s future leaders,” said Al Denson, Birmingham Airport Authority President and CEO.

For more information contact:
Toni Herrera-Bast


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