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At Space Camp, students don’t just hear about what astronauts do, they do what astronauts do, as they experience activities and simulators patterned after those used by NASA.

ABOUT SPACE CAMP
  1. What is Space Camp?
    Space Camp is a realistic and interactive astronaut training experience that exposes children to math, science, engineering, and technology concepts in a safe, stimulating and encouraging environment.

  2. Where is it located?
    Space Camp is located in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.

  3. When was it established?
    Established in 1965 by the State of Alabama, empowered by the U.S. Congress and supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® is America's leading hands-on space science museum. Since 1982, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has fostered national and international outreach programs through the Space Camp®, Space Academy®, And Advanced Space Academy® programs.

  4. Have other Indian kids attended Space Camp?
    In the last year or so, over 200 kids from six schools in Bangalore have attended Space Camp programs. They've all found it to be a once in a lifetime, amazing experience.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  1. What are the benefits of the program?
    At Space Camp, students get to see real-world applications of the math, science, engineering, and technology concepts they are studying at school. Space Camp programs bring key concepts alive with experiences like space missions, weightlessness, moonwalks, rocket building, robotics, and simulator training.

    Space Camp, however, means so much more than just space flight training. Meticulously planned, immersive programs hone interpersonal skills - such as teamwork, self-confidence and communication, while positive adult role models help children strengthen their powers of reasoning, solve problems creatively, and enhance their leadership skills.


  2. What activities will my child be involved in while at Space Camp?
    Space Camp programs are very rigorous, but action and fun filled every day. Participants are put through a host of training activities in groups of 16; each group of 16 is led by experienced counsellors who are with them all day.

    Physical training at Area 51 helps the group bond as a team and trust each other, natural leaders also tend to emerge in this training. Throughout the day, each day, participants are instructed and informed about the various aspects of space technology with frequent hands on demonstrations. They get to build scale model rockets and actually launch them. They experience 1/6th gravity, high G forces, and other simulators like the multi axis trainer just as actual astronauts do in the course of their training. They are briefed about the importance of the various people in a space mission and their roles and responsibilities.

    All these activities lead to simulated space missions where the group works as a team in mission control, space shuttle and international space station, to make the mission a success.


  3. Will my child be interacting with kids from other schools or countries?
    Yes, at any given time, there are hundreds of children from the USA and countries across the globe; very likely there will be some in the group your child may be in. There is a healthy cross-cultural interaction that most children find stimulating and exciting.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
  1. Where will my child stay?
    En route to Space Camp, SCAI arranges accommodation in reputed hotels situated in safe localities.

    At Space Camp, children are housed in secure, comfortable "Space Habitats" - designed to resemble the accommodation that astronauts actually live in.


  2. What about food?
    En route to Space Camp, we try to expose children to a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, and, of course, American. If necessary, we do treat children to the occasional Indian meal so as to help ward off homesickness. At Space Camp, healthy, nutritious meals are prepared by qualified and trained cafeteria staff in a hygienic kitchen.

    The cost includes all meals.


  3. Do you cater to vegetarians?
    Yes. However, please note that vegetarian food does not necessarily mean Indian food.

  4. Can I send food from home?
    You may send food items from home - provided they are pre-packaged. U.S. customs regulations specifically prohibit bringing the following into the country: Milk and milk products, Fresh fruit and vegetables

    If found, such items will be confiscated on arrival, and the person carrying them may be asked to pay a fine, or in extreme cases, return to his/her country of origin without entering the U.S. Please avoid sending such items and causing your child to face unpleasantness on arrival.


  5. Can you arrange special meals for my child?
    If there are any special dietary needs, Space Camp cafeteria will make every effort to cater to these provided the necessary ingredients are easily available in Huntsville.

COSTS
  1. What does the quoted cost include?
  2. The price quoted by SCAI includes the following:

    • Tuition and program fee for Space Camp
    • Astronaut flight suit
    • All meals for the entire duration of the trip: breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Accommodation at all locations (as per the schedule for each group)
    • Surface transportation within the U.S.
    • Participation in an international peer-to-peer program
    • Sightseeing and entertainment, including all entry fees (as per the schedule for each group)
    • Visits to science museums and other infotainment venues (as per the schedule for each group)
    • Visit to an amusement park, including entry fee and a lunch coupon
    • Daytrips to aquariums, zoos, and other places of interest (as per the schedule for each group)

    It does not include the following:

    • Passport and visa costs (including but not limited to passport fees and acquisition costs, travel to embassy, accommodation related to visa acquisition, and visa application costs): To be borne by the participant
    • Airfare: Charged as per actuals (Cost of the fare may vary depending on availability and other factors) Shopping money
    • Cost of additional consumables such as beverages, candy bars, newspapers, magazines, etc.


  3. Does the cost cover medical emergencies?
    Yes, the cost includes medical and travel insurance cover of up to $50,000 per participant.

  4. 16. What is your refund policy?

    • SCAI collects a non-refundable booking fee of Rs. 3000/-. Refunds against cancellations will be made as follows:
    • Cancellation up to 12 weeks prior to departure: Rs. 10,000/- (out of the Rs13000 registration - Rs3000 is forfeited)
    • Cancellation between 12 and 8 weeks prior to departure: 75% of the total program cost is refundable (approx. Rs. 28,000/- cancellation charge), Additionally, airline cancellation costs will be charged as per actuals, and the balance of the fare refunded.
    • Cancellation between 8 and 4 weeks prior to departure: 50% of the total program cost (approx. Rs. 55,000/-) Additionally, airline cancellation costs will be charged as per actuals, and the balance of the fare refunded.
    • Cancellation after 6 weeks prior to departure: No refund of program cost. Additionally, airline cancellation costs will be charged as per actuals, and the balance of the fare refunded.
GETTING THERE
  1. Does SCAI provide a visa?
    SCAI does not provide or guarantee visas. However, we do facilitate the entire visa application process. The invitation from US Space and Rocket Center is a very persuasive document that significantly increases the chances of your child being granted a visa. Up until now, no one whose visa application was facilitated by SCAI has been refuseda visa to visit Space Camp.

  2. How long is the trip?
    The duration of the Space Camp program itself is 8 days, with cultural and sightseeing activities adding another 4 days. With travel time included, the total trip is 14 days. Without the cultural and sightseeing activities, the trip duration is 9-10 days.

  3. Will anyone be accompanying my child?
    A chaperon for every 15-16 kids is mandatory; usually this is a science teacher from the kids' school.

  4. Can I or a family member accompany my child?
    Family members are not allowed in the Space Camp campus during the course of the program; they are however, allowed to attend graduation on the last day.

  5. Can relatives or friends visit my child?
    As above, no visitors are allowed to meet the participants during the course of the program.

  6. Can my child visit friends/relatives?
    If the child has obtained the visa on the basis of the Space Camp invitation, no deviation from the approved program is allowed.

MONEY AND COMMUNICATIONS
  1. How much money should my child carry?
    How much money you send with your child is up to you - or, if your child is part of a school group, school authorities may choose to set a spending limit for all children. Since all costs are taken care of, your child will only need money for discretionary expenses such as shopping, phone calls and vending machines.

  2. How can I keep in touch with my child?
    There are public phones on each floor of the habitats where children can call out with calling cards. They may also carry cell phones at their own risk; counsellors will caution them about restrictions on use of cell phones during training, and participants are expected to adhere to these rules.

    There is internet access for the chaperons, and chaperons are expected to keep parents informed daily via email about their children.



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