USA Space and STEM Tour
NASA Space School
This is but one life-changing opportunity available at Walford.
Head of Science
“The STEM Tour is designed to immerse students in STEM experiences and career pathways that they are unlikely to experience in Australia or on a family holiday. Every activity has a learning component related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
The main activity is a space camp held in Huntsville, Alabama. Students explore the mental, emotional and physical demands of being an astronaut and learn about Space Stations and Mission Control. Students design and test a virtual reality Mars rover and participate in a range of simulations. Additionally, students spend time in a Neutral Buoyancy Trainer. This is an underwater SCUBA trainer, a smaller version of the Underwater Astronaut Trainer.
The tour also travels to Orlando, Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center where students experience a simulated shuttle launch, walk through a full-scale space shuttle and learn about the most powerful rocket ever built, the Apollo Saturn V moon rocket. Students also meet and have lunch with a NASA astronaut. Other highlights include an airboat ride along the Everglades and a visit to Universal Studios which includes an exclusive educational program. Another attraction is the visit to the U.S. Department of Energy National Ignition Facility in San Fransisco (home to the world’s largest and highest-energy laser system which is investigating nuclear fusion as a future energy source).”
“The Walford trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Highlights of the trip were the bus tour in San Francisco, visiting Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Space Camp, learning about space missions and experiencing simulated space missions!”
“The STEM trip was the perfect opportunity to learn about Space and other STEM subjects at some of the most highly-regarded industries in the world, while forming inseparable bonds with classmates and meeting new people from all over the world.”