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Posted on the 26th of November, 2015 at 8:26 am
Space Camp

My name is Shania Ahipene-Ruru and I was one of the very lucky students who were able to experience a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to South Korea and America during the September holidays as part of Spacecamp. I was accompanied by Mr D’Souza; who is my current Assistant Year Adviser; 16 students from different schools in the Sydney South West region, two students from inter-state schools and 8 teachers from schools in New South Wales.

On this journey, I boarded about 8 flights throughout the 18 day expedition across the globe. My first stop was an amazing country with vibrant fresh food and traditions - South Korea. I was able to see the biggest city in the nation, Seoul and it’s incredible night life. Also Samsung D’lite, National Museum of Korea, Gyeonbok Palace, Temples and Gangnam Street (where Gangnam Style by Psy was shot).

After departing Incheon airport, we headed to the States to explore the beauty of California and Alabama. In Los Angeles, I was fortunate enough to visit Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, Universal Studios and Disneyland. In San Diego, I visited the USS Midway and Sea World and in San Francesco I went to NASA Research, Google Headquarters, Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge. It was definitely a worthwhile venture as a tourist for the week.

For the remainder of the holidays, we were at the U.S Space and Rocket Centre, Huntsville, Alabama with hearts full of excitement. We were involved in the “Advanced Academy” that involved many activities both individual and teamwork- based. We learnt about the history of space shuttles, space stations and Astronomy. We were briefed on the different roles needed for the four mission simulations we performed during the week, from flying a space shuttle to supporting the shuttle in Mission Control. We conquered the Area 51 activities that were designed to help us tackle our fear of heights and promote team encouragement. These included Low Ropes, Zipline and The Pamper Pole (Leap of Faith).

One activity that I accomplished at the Spacecamp was Scuba Diving. This consisted of a 7 metre tank that we had to swim to the bottom of, with nothing but our oxygen masks. Those of us who succeeded in making it to the bottom were rewarded with games and free time.

There were many more fun activities at the camp, but I do not want to give away too much as it is better for you to experience this fantastic experience for yourself. You truly won’t regret it! It was one of the most exciting and boundary-breaking experiences I have ever been through. And to top it off, I met some incredible mates on the journey, that I remain close with.





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