Kennedy Space Centre – Camp KSC

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                      Kennedy Space Centre – Camp KSC
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                      Kennedy Space Centre – Camp KSC
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                      Kennedy Space Centre – Camp KSC

The Concept

Camp KSC offers international students 3 Day and 5 Day camp programs and provides students with engaging and unique adventures and educational activities that cannot be found anywhere else. Campers team up as they are presented with everyday challenges faced by astronauts, all based on NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math.

A highlight of the camp program is the opportunity for students to interact with each other through astronaut training simulators, participate in real NASA experiments, program and operate robots, and experience a guided tour of Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex.

The Program

Program components, highlights and inclusions:


Mars Base 1 ‘Immersive Environment’

  • Mars transfer vehicle 4d theatre
  • Mars operations control centre
  • Engineering & robotics lab
  • Plant lab & indoor greenhouse

Astronaut training experience and ATX simulators

  • Launch mission capsule & mission control centre
  • Land & drive on Mars motion simulator
  • Walk on Mars virtual reality simulator
  • Micro-gravity floor
  • Living and working in space and on Mars interactive briefings
  • Guided tour of Kennedy Space Centre visitor complex
  • Mars-based engineering challenges (5-Day camp only)
  • Lunch and snacks daily
  • Camp KSC T-shirts (2) and badge Certificate of graduation 

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – ORLANDO (D)

Check in for your flight to Orlando, Florida. On arrival transfer by coach to your accommodation. Spend the rest of the day acclimatising at your hotel. Dinner tonight is included at your hotel.

DAY 2 ORLANDO – CAMP KSC (B,L,D)

Transfer to the Kennedy Space centre. Campers begin their day with an orientation briefing and then divide into training squads. Each squad will train in three areas: Launch Operations, Mars Operations, and Microgravity Operations. For the Launch training, campers complete two missions: each camper will be assigned a position in Mission Control for one mission, and in the spacecraft for a second mission. In the Mars Operations training area, campers take turns landing and driving on Mars in full-motion simulators (a non-motion version is available for those who prefer a less dynamic experience) and walking on Mars using virtual reality equipment. Finally, campers will strap in to our one-of-a-kind microgravity chairs to fully experience the sensation of working in a frictionless environment, as each team collaborates to make repairs to an orbital truss.

DAY 3 MARS BASE 1 (B,L,D)

Campers will be transported to Mars for a day of activities on the Red Planet. Time will be spent in the Base Operations Centre, where campers work together to sustain the health and safety of the Base following the crash landing of an unmanned supply ship. Using a unique computer simulation system, campers handle communications both on- and off-planet, collect and analyse satellite images, create maps, program robotic rovers to complete rescue missions, dispatch emergency crews to make repairs, and handle any other problems that may arise from the crash. In the Engineering Lab they will program and operate a swarm of robots to clear debris from solar panels, generating power for the base. They will also participate in real-time NASA research in our Plant Lab, which is affiliated with NASA’s Food Production program, growing a variety of vegetables using the latest indoor gardening techniques.

DAY 4 KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE (B,L,D)

Campers will spend today exploring Kennedy Space Centre, the first place on earth from which mankind was launched to set foot on the Moon. First, campers will board KSC buses for a tour of the area surrounding the launch pads. They will then proceed to the Apollo/Saturn V Center to learn about the programs NASA has created to allow humanity to move beyond Earth’s gravity into deep space. Campers will take a break for lunch in the Moon Rock Cafe. After lunch, they will again board buses for a return to the Visitor Complex, where they will gain a better understanding of NASA’s ongoing commitment to both environmental stewardship and global technology through guided interactive tours, scavenger hunts, and simulators. Campers will also have the opportunity to meet a veteran astronaut.

DAYS 5 ORLANDO (B,D)

After breakfast, today is a free day at your teachers’ discretion. You may choose to visit either Universal Studios or Disneyworld (entrance fees and transport not included). Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

DAY 6 ORLANDO (B,D)

After breakfast transfer to iFly for your STEM related educational program and take part in an exciting simulated sky dive in a wind tunnel. After lunch transfer to the Orlando Science Centre which includes entry to all four floors of interactive Exhibit Galleries. Transfer back to your hotel for dinner.

DAY 7 ORLANDO (B,D)

Today is allocated as leisure at your teachers’ discretion. We recommend you consider a 3-hour lab workshop at nearby Full Sails University labs - Full Sail Labs have unique STEAM curricula which combines storytelling, technology and art through collaboration with peers and the best instructors, through immersive teaching methods and hands-on learning.

DAY 8 ORLANDO – AUSTRALIA (B)

After breakfast transfer to the Everglades for an airboat tour and glide over the sea of grass. Afterwards travel to Orlando Airport for your domestic flight to Dallas/ Fort Worth. Transfer to your international flight to Australia.

DAY 9 IN FLIGHT

DAY 10 ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Subject to airline schedules.

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares including pre-paid taxes and charges to Orlando
  • Return airport coach transfers
  • 7 nights, 3-star hotel accommodation in Orlando, triple share including breakfast and dinner daily
  • 3 days at Camp KSC International, NASA Kennedy Space Centre including return coach transfers, lunch and snacks, all learning activities, Graduation Certificate, tee shirt and badge.
  • Entrance to iFly and STEM education program and Orlando Science Centre, including interactive exhibits and return coach transfers
Conditions
  • Please note the Kennedy Space Centre program requires a minimum of 24 students.